EAZA is committed to the promotion and support of nutritional knowledge in zoological institutions
The EAZA Nutrition Group (ENG), reporting to the Research Committee, seeks to improve communication and coordination among all those engaged in research, education, or application of comparative (zoo) nutrition, and those requiring nutrition information, chiefly within zoological institutions of Europe. The EAZA Nutrition Group organizes biennial conferences on zoo animal nutrition that are open to anyone interested in comparative and zoo animal nutrition.
The mission statement of the ENG is to promote and support nutrition in zoological institutions as an essential component of their conservation mission. Membership is open to all individuals who support the aims of the EAZA Nutrition Group or need to know how they can improve nutrition in their zoo. Joining the group is simple; please e-mail Anouk Fens putting 'Join ENG' in the subject line. Afterwards, you will receive a form asking for your contact details and also to indicate your interests and/or expertise.
From January 17-20, 2019 the 10th European Zoo Nutrition Conference was hosted by Marwell Zoo in the United Kingdom. This biennial conference has been attended by 160 delegates from about 20 countries, representing zoo nutritionists, veterinarians, curators, animal keepers, staff and students from higher education institutes and private individuals. The next edition of the Nutrition conference in Vienna, in January 2021, has been cancelled due to the Corona crisis. More information about a potential webinar will follow soon.
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Read a special nutrition edition from the EAZA Nutrition Group, including the following articles based on the presentations given at the last EAZA Zoo Nutrition Conference, which took place in Marwell in January 2019.
|FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
Reporting from the 2019 EAZA Nutrition Conference
|BACK ON THE MENU:
Notes from a recent EAZA Nutrition Group meeting
Just three of the many inspiring presentations made at the 2019 Nutrition Conference
Finding the right diet for Paignton's giraffes
|MAKING LIGHT WORK:
Providing full-spectrum lighting for the animals in our care
|CHEWING IT OVER: Why dental anatomy affects an elephant's eating habits|
|A DIET FOR INSECTIVORES:
A species-specific approach to feeding insectivores
|CREATING A BALANCED DIET: How to improve the daily diet of zoo-kept ruminants|
Alternative techniques for storing browse
|WHY SIZE MATTERS: Studying the effects of pellet size on lemur eating behaviour|
|BROWSE: FRESH OR FROZEN?:
Is frozen browse as nutritious as fresh?
|A NEW VIEW ON FEEDING: Why making animals work for their food can improve their welfare|
|FEEDING HABITS: The effects of diet and food presentation on flamingos||FOOD FOR AGED ANIMALS: Using diet to improve the welfare of older zoo animals|
|A PLACE IN THE SUN: Studying primates' need for vitamin D|
Articles based on the presentations given at the EAZA Zoo Nutrition Conference in 2017, which took place in Liberec, Czech Republic.
|MORE FIBRE, LESS SUGAR:
How dietary changes can affect primate health and welfare
|THE ROTIFER SOLUTION:
An insight into the successful feeding of ornamental fish
|NUTRITION FOR HEALTHY CLAWS:
The connection between diet and claw health in takin
|A DIET FOR DRAGONS:
How revising the diet of the sea dragon can reduce mortality during transition
How reducing fruit intake can alter lemur behaviour
|KITCHEN SECRETS: The advantages of a centralised nutrition centre in zoos|
|PREVENTING DIETARY DRIFT:
Paignton Zoo shares the results of its research into dietary drift
|SOLVING THE RHINO PROBLEM: Why the black rhino needs special dietary care|
|INSIDE THE ZOO KITCHEN:
How to run an efficient and cost-effective kitchen
|BEAR NECESSITIES: Investigating the link between dental health and oral pH|
A report from the Ninth European Zoo Nutrition Conference
How can I get get involved in zoo and wildlife nutrition? (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)
Lectures from ENG member Marcus Clauss (University of Zurich, Clinic for Zoo Animals, Exotic Pets and Wildlife)
European Zoo Nutrition Conferences (Programmes, abstracts and resources)
International Symposium on Pet Bird Nutrition
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These books gather together the scientific contributions to the European Zoo Nutrition Conferences. The books are now out of print, but second-hand and library copies are available.