AAP focuses on the intrinsic value of the individual exotic mammals it rescues. Therefore, AAP will go the extra mile to ensure the continuous safety and welfare of animals involved in outplacement. AAP’s outplacement partners enjoy custom made advise on all aspects of animal keeping. If and when they need it. Not only during the relocation process, but throughout the life span of the relocated animals. AAP’s team of professionally trained staff is ready to give expert advise on:
AAP employs several Behavioral Biologists that are able to provide professional advise on issues related to animal welfare and behavior. Their advise is based on scientific information and much practical experience. They are especially knowledgeable on group composition and social introductions, since many animals that AAP receives have a history of social deprivation and are only socially housed upon arrival at AAP. Furthermore, AAP’s biologists are able to provide therapeutic advise on the treatment of behavioral problems, such as reducing aggressive or stereotypic behavior. After an objective analysis a custom made approach will be provided for those specific circumstances.
AAP’s veterinary team is run by several veterinarians and para veterinarian assistants. It is specialized in first response treatment of incoming rescue animals and their continuous monitoring and preventive care during mandatory quarantine periods and the recovery that follows. Specific expertise ranges from infectious disease monitoring and contraceptive therapy to reconstructive trauma surgery. After relocation elsewhere, routine veterinary control is left to the outplacement partner, but where necessary AAP’s veterinarians will provide valuable insight to assist local veterinarians. AAP is a contributor to the European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians (EAZWV).
AAP uses scientifically balanced diets to optimize the recovery and long term health of its rescue animals. The diets allow for basic recovery requirements, such as social hierarchy establishment, behavioral enrichment and obesity reduction. When animals were offered unnatural diets before their rescue, AAP’s keepers use the animals’ natural behavior as a base for adjusting them to natural food substances. To ensure a smooth transition of animals to outplacement partners, AAP provides custom nutrition advise where needed.
Behavioral and physical enrichment is a much used tool in recovery of rescue animals. As it is a fixed part of AAP’s animal daily care protocols, much experience is available to be shared with outplacement partners.
AAP offers advise on exhibit dimensions, barriers, floor plans, material usage, story telling, and, enclosure furnishing to stimulate natural behaviors. Where needed, advise is adjusted for an individual animal’s needs, for instance when it reacts negatively towards an audience. AAP’s custom made design plans provide outplacement partners with a creative but realistic frame work to further develop and construct attractive exhibits.
AAP’s focus on physical and mental rehabilitation of animals has created a specialized view on the function and behavioral impact of enclosure furnishings. Appropriately filled exhibits are key to the creation of surprising zoo exhibits full of active, healthy animals. AAP can advise on the use of eco friendly materials to stimulate natural locomotion, privacy, and, species specific behaviors.
AAP provides information panels with species information, ‘who is who’ and rescue history of the animals involved, an introduction of AAP’s rescue activities, and tailor made story boards on animal welfare and illegal animal trade subjects. These high pressure laminate (HPL) plate panels can be produced in different sizes and shapes.
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