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Sommer, Diana, 2010. Inventory and evaluation of Nairobi Animal Orphanage : focusing on Congo Grey African parrot, cheetah and rehabilitation. First cycle, G2E. Skara: SLU, Dept. of Animal Environment and Health

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This BSc thesis is a part of an initial step of a collaboration between Skansen and Kenyan Wildlife Service (KWS) and constitutes of an inventory of the Nairobi Animal Orphanage run by KWS. Animal Orphanage takes care of orphaned and injured animals arriving from throughout Kenya. The project started out as a refuge and as a temporary place for animals in need of care and help. With time it has evolved to an establishment that resembles and functions more like an animal zoo. The aim of this inventory is to focus on how the biological needs of Congo grey parrots ( Psittacus erithacus erithacus) and cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) are met, in terms of management and housing. It will further deal with rehabilitation of animals that are to be released back into their natural habitat, as rehabilitation and releasing are a part of AO:s aim. The inventory was carried out during three weeks at the AO in Nairobi. Enclosures were measured, sketched, photographed, and information about animals as well as management was obtained through interviews with the staff, information-boards and an animal record. The results revealed an establishment with a desire to help animals and to provide them with a good welfare, but lacking funds and know-how to do so. Enclosures and handling of the specific species, but also other species at the AO, demands for large as well as small improvements, regarding animal welfare. The aim of releasing animals back in to their natural habitat was far from reached, as this was rarely carried out. Knowledge and funds were insufficient also in this matter. The result of an unlimited intake of animals and no advance planning, such as a functional release programme, has instead resulted in a congested facility with poor animal welfare. Establishing a release programme would require a completely different approach to the animals and their handling but also a new way of thinking. In conclusion, the collaborations with Skansen and other organisations will come to play a crucial role for a future improved and reformed AO.

Main title:Inventory and evaluation of Nairobi Animal Orphanage
Subtitle:focusing on Congo Grey African parrot, cheetah and rehabilitation
Authors:Sommer, Diana
Supervisor:Lidfors, Lena and Eriksson, Per
Examiner:Loberg, Jenny
Series:Studentarbete (Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Institutionen för husdjurens miljö och hälsa)
Volume/Sequential designation:285
Year of Publication:2010
Level and depth descriptor:First cycle, G2E
Student's programme affiliation:VK002 Ethology and Animal Welfare - Bachelor's Programme 180 HEC
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health
Keywords:Zoo, Animal Orphanage, Rehabilitation, Releasing, Enclosure
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-8-569
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-8-569
Subjects:Animal husbandry
Language:English
Deposited On:28 Jul 2010 06:39
Metadata Last Modified:20 Apr 2012 14:14

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