Posted September 08, 2019 17:59:39 Zoo Animals Australia (ZAA) is looking for staff to help train zoo animals in Australia, and the country’s animal welfare organisation has set up an animal training lab in the zoo.ZAA chief executive officer Tim White said the zoo’s work was a “laboratories tour” of the zoo, with a goal of training staff to better understand how animals are kept and cared for in the community.
“There’s a lot of work to do in the world of animal welfare, so we’re looking for people who can help us get better at it,” Mr White said.
“We’re trying to build a better, more holistic animal welfare model that’s going to be the backbone of our future work.”
Mr White said zoo animals were cared for with respect, and they were often given access to food and water.
“Zoo animals are in an amazing environment,” he said.
The zoo is also looking for volunteers to help with the research and educational work the zoo has undertaken in the past.
“I’ve seen the positive impact that the zoo animals have had on people, and I think we should really look at making that impact even bigger,” Mr Black said.
Mr Black said the animal training program would be a part of ZAA’s “diverse animal welfare portfolio” and would help improve the welfare of zoo animals across Australia.
“Our goal is to really build up the welfare and health of our animals, and then we will be able to get our work out in the field and put it to better use,” Mr Whit said.