Río Safari Elche has a specialized technical team for the animal care. Caregivers and vets take care of the physical, psychological and sanitary well-being of the animals. These are some of the tasks they carry out throughout the day:
Animal condition revision: To check the condition of the animals is the first task of the day.
Temperatures control: Fortunately our zoo is located in a geographic situation that enjoys mild temperatures throughout the whole year. However, during the colder months it is necessary to keep track of the temperature drop, specially during nighttime. Thanks to a special device our caregivers can find out what was the highest and the lowest temperature detected, and automatically turn on or off the heating systems.
Outdoor facilities revision and breakfast distribution: The outdoor facilities are washed and breakfast is served. It is also very important to check the condition of the exhibit’s furniture (trunks, ropes, rocks…), in case there is any deterioration that could cause any harm to the animals.
Indoor facilities cleaning: It is essential to maintain a high level of hygiene. The organic wastes are removed, the installation is washed and disinfected and the bed substratum is changed.
Vet routine: The animals have daily visual vet check-up. The vet in charge checks the animals state, talks with the caregivers and schedules the agenda for the day. Parasite prevention, vaccinations, sanitary controls… All this is imperative to avoid diseases.
Behavioural enrichment: In the wild, the animals spend most of their time searching for food, marking the territory, mating… But in captivity their needs are covered, and for this reason we must provide them with stimuli in order to increase activity levels. The set of techniques applied for this purpose is called ‘behavioural enrichment’.
Veterinary training: As we mentioned above, the veterinarian team often needs to carry out routine actions in order to guarantee the good health of our animals (regular checks, eyes exams, blood extractions…). To this end, some animals are trained by means of positive reinforcements. This results in an advantage for both the animal and the vet; the animal willingly accepts certain medical treatments without any stress and the vet is able to do the check-up easily.
Night quarters preparation: The day ends with the dinners distribution and the reconditioning of the night quarters,