Creation of an elderly healthcare regime to enhance the welfare of elderly animals within the collection
We have an aging animal population in zoos. Many species are living longer than they would in the wild and succumb to old age diseases which should be diagnosed and managed as appropriate.
Exotic species do not exhibit signs of illness or pain as readily as domestic animals, therefore they should be clinically assessed to ensure that medical issues are identified and treated/managed. This allows complete evaluation of individual welfare along with behavioural information from the animal department. The elderly healthcare plan created at Twycross Zoo has allowed the complete medical assessment of animals across all species. Various ailments have been identified and treatment or management regimes instigated to ensure a high level of welfare for these individuals in their later years.