Special care


In FELIDA we provide care for traumatized big cats that require special care. Important components of this specialized and intensive care are enrichment, nutrition and medical checks.


Enrichment

Enrichment is an important tool to promote the natural behaviour of big cats in captivity. Using nutrition, scents and environmental enrichment, we stimulate the animals to play and explore their habitat and new objects. The presentation of new items and smells helps to prevent boredom and improves the overall well-being of the animals. In addition, it gives the traumatized animals more self-confidence which is a very important part of helping them deal with their traumas.


Food

Together, the big cats at FELIDA eat about 225 kilos of meat each week. The meat is fed with bone, skin, hair and certain organs. It mainly comes from horses and cows that were not suitable for human consumption. The feeding schedule is adapted to the natural eating habits of the animals in the wild, where they do not catch a prey every day and therefore do not eat on a daily basis. At FELIDA the animals are fed on 21 days per month, in varying schemes.


Medical checks

The health of the animals in our centre is monitored on a daily basis by our animal caretakers. Among other things, they observe their physical condition and whether an animal behaves differently - if needed, a veterinarian is consulted. FELIDA cooperates with special wildlife veterinarians from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife (IZW) in Berlin. As soon as an animal has to be put under anaesthesia for examination, standard procedures include teeth and claws checks.


Veterinary check of a tiger.
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