Did you know wild animals in captivity fall under the Animal Welfare Act 2006?
This legislation is a crucial step towards ensuring the well-being of our wild friends!
As soon as a wild animal is 'under the control of man' (from the moment you pick it up!) we are obligated to take steps to source appropriate care.
The Five Domains outline the main areas we need to think about:
Nutrition: Providing an appropriate diet.
Environment: Providing a safe, secure environment that minimises stress.
Health: Providing professional, legal medical support.
Behaviour: Housing (where possible) in appropriate social groupings and allowing expression of natural behaviours.
Mental State: Minimising the stress and providing appropriate enrichment.