ANIMAL WELFARE

Parrot Garden operates through the Exhibited Animals Protection Act (Exhibited Animals Protection Act 1986 No 123).

Animals are capable of experiencing both negative and positive affective states.

The Five Welfare Domains and examples of related positive states are:

Physical Domains

Nutrition: e.g. appropriate consumption of nutritious foods is a pleasurable experience.

Environmental: e.g. benign conditions offer adaptive choices and variety.

Health: e.g. physically sound (uninjured, disease-free) animals enjoy good health.

Behaviour: e.g. environment-focused and inter-animal activities are satisfying and engaging.

Mental Domain

Mental or Affective State: e.g. animals experience comfort, pleasure, interest, and confidence.

Zoo keepers, volunteers and animal carers at Parrot Garden need to:

  • be assessed and reference checked by the management
  • read new species-specific welfare assessment tools developed by the management
  • understand animal welfare issues and examines animal welfare in reference to the Five Welfare Domains to find ways to improve and maximise positive animal welfare outcomes.
  • observe the animals all day long to be able to understand their needs