All animals that enter our facility go into quarantine for a period of at least six weeks. During this time, they undergo extensive medical check-ups. Their blood and feces are controlled for pathogenic viruses, bacteria and parasites. For every animal, we set up a separate treatment plan that covers items like diet, medication and (disturbed) behavior.
The quarantine period is quite boring for the animals, as they are placed in a rather bare space. Unfortunately, this is a necessary precaution to guarantee their health. If, for example an animal is proven to have contracted a parasite and it is placed inside a space with numerous playing tools and woodchips on the floor, is will become very difficult to help this animal to get rid of its parasite. The parasite could have spread and nestled itself into the floor. This is the reason why the quarantine space is kept bare, because this allows us to keep it in an optimally clean condition.
ENRICHMENT DURING THE QUARANTINE PERIOD
We do our utmost to make the quarantine period as pleasant as possible. We regularly offer our animals ‘enrichment’ in the form of a pleasant surprise, like giving them the opportunity to search for a treat themselves. A baby monkey that misses its mother receives a stuffed animal to cuddle. We will put on soft music for a lonely chimpanzee or play ape sounds. All of our enclosures have a window, which allows the animals to have a look outside as an extra diversion.
The employees of the Quarantine unit are obligated to follow strict hygienic rules. After all, infection of personnel or other animals must be avoided at all times. Especially primates can carry nasty viruses and diseases, like TBC and hepatitis B. Raccoons and skunks are known to be carriers of dangerous roundworms.