SPECIALISED FOODS & SUPPLEMENTS
Wild animals satisfy their nutritional
needs by foraging for a variety of different foods. It is difficult to
regularly supply a captive animal the diversity of foods found in its
natural diet. Captive animals are usually fed diets composed of foods that
are easily accessible. Take care when selecting food types to avoid
dietary deficiencies or imbalances due to a lack of variety in the diet.
Cycle the level of nutrition throughout the year. Start increasing the
nutritional value of the food above maintenance level as the breeding
season approaches. Continue offering food of high nutritional value during
the breeding season then reduce it back to maintenance level once the
young have become independent.
Wombaroo makes a
High Protein Supplement
to fortify the diets of fruit and nectar eating animals and specialised
foods for Small Carnivorous animals and
Reptiles. These products have been
formulated to bridge the nutritional gaps that arise from feeding
The well-being of captive animals is
influenced by the quality of their environment as well as their diet. The
captive environment should represent, as near as practicable, that found
in the wild. The enclosure should be as large as possible and contain the
necessary features such as sand, soil, leaf litter, rocks, branches and
secure hiding places that the animal would normally encounter in the wild.
Animals kept inside should have a light source that provides the
appropriate wavelengths to maintain health. Be sure that animals kept
inside are exposed to seasonal changes in photo-period (hours of daylight)
and both seasonal and daily changes in temperature. Changes in
photo-period, temperature and composition of diet all play important roles
in the regulation an animalís biology.