Feeding the Animals at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Mike Maslanka, head nutritionist at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, talks about what it takes to feed 2000 animals from 400 different species 365 days a year. Each one receives a diet specially designed by National Zoo nutritionists that not only meets their nutrient needs but also encourages them to employ their natural feeding behaviors.

The Zoo’s commissary is one of the world’s largest zoo commissaries and is about half an acre in size.

In all, 13 people make up the Zoos nutrition team. Two members of the team are certified nutritionists. Of all 220 zoo members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, only 11 have nutritionists, and the National Zoo has two! But thats not the only thing that sets the Zoo apart. The National Zoo is also the only zoo that makes all of its own hay, which is grown at CRC.

Read more: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/AnimalIndex/AnimalNews/nutrition.cfm

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  1. When i go to the zoo, the only excited animals I see are people. The wild life in the zoos is literally exhausted. I enjoyed my time at the zoo, but I didn't like how the animals were depressed. I think we need to look at new architecture to see if we can build more "open" and habitat like zoos rather than scraping 2 or 3 things together and calling it natural habitat.


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