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Dec 6, 2012

Encouraging Natural Interactions and Feed Behaviour amongst the Asian Elephant


Feeding, foraging and fair distribution

When the building the Asian elephant conservation centre (AECC), the design brief was to focus on addressing the needs of our elephants. This process looked at potential problems that could arise from holding a herd of elephants together overnight, especially as our elephants had never been housed together over night. One of the biggest problems we faced was what is the best way to feed a group of elephants? As we have a limited space and a finite amount of money, we thought about how elephants interact naturally and what we need to have in the house to try and encourage the elephants to feed and behaviour as naturally as possible. We addressed this by providing multiple feeding areas, multiple feeding heights and multiple ways of presenting the elephants food. This has helped ensure the elephants maintain their correct weight, they all have access to food whenever needed, reducing potential stress arising from feeding conflict and increasing the amount of time all the elephants spend foraging.

 

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COMMENDATION received in BIAZA Awards 2012 for Significant Advances in Husbandry and Welfare



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