Welcome To The ZooHow are you doing today? Welcome to your first day at theTexas zoo. You will be placed to maintain and take care of theAfrican lion habitat and the elephant’s habitat. These twoanimals take a lot of care because they are the main attractionto the zoo. You will first maintain the lions then you will moveon to the elephants.
The African lionsFirst let me inform you on some basicfacts about the African lions such asthere names• Scientific name - Panthera Leo• Common name – African lion
MaintenanceBecause the African lion is such a large animal it is going to take a large amount oftime of your day to maintain this animal. You will have to make sure that there isfood, clean habitats ,and also cleaning the lions .For the food the African lions eat allmeat because they are carnivores in the wild. The most common foods that we feedthem are deer meat that they are use to eating in the wild bush. We feed theanimals twice a day once in the Morning and once in the evening. For cleaning thehabitats this will be done when the lions get there medical treatment .You will cleanthe habitats once every two weeks. How will you clean the habitats? You will startby cleaning up there feces, maintaining trees and scrubs, and cleaning up whateverthey left behind from there feedings. The last thing you will have to do formaintaining them to clean them and to groom them .Do not worry though the willbe drugged on medication while doing this so they will be asleep. You will spraythem down with a water house and scrub there fur down with a special shampooand you will also groom there nails and the fur.
Medical TreatmentIn the medical treatment aspect for the lions you will check up on themevery two weeks. The things that you will have to check for are mostcommonly found in all captive lions .Such as the following sicknesses caninedistemper virus, feline immunodeficiency virus, and feline infectiousperitonitis. These sicknesses are common to captive lions that’s why wehave to check them when they have signs of weakness and not eating tothere full potential.to prevent those viruses from happening we take thelions in every two weeks and give them shot to prevent the viruses fromcoming back or prevent them from happing. Also if the lion were to getinjured in any way we will immediately take them to are big animal vet atthe zoo.
African lion viewing• Public safety viewingThe lion viewing area meets all of the requirements its take to make a habitats. It isthe safest zoo to the public. The lion habitat is surrounded by a 20 foot fence aroundthe perimeter and before the metal fence there is a wire fence. The lions habitat isalso surrounded by a river that goes all the way around it that is 30 ft. wide sonothing will be able get to the fence easily. Also all public standing has a rail theseparates you from the fence and the water. You will also have to be sure to warnand tell people to stand back front the rail and no leaning on the rail.• Handicap accessibilityHandicap accessibility is available all around the zoo and viewing areas. There willbe ramps at every part of the zoo so there will no worries of hard traveling upstairsor down stairs. Also there will zoo helpers that will assist you and make your way ifneeded.
Severe weather protectionThe lions protect themselves when there is severeweather with a den that is built in the habitat that iseasy access for them to get in to. Also the lions can beput into there cages is a natural disaster is going tostrike so they can be out of harms way
The ElephantsThe elephant attraction is the biggest part ofare zoo and it takes up most of are zoo. Theelephants are the most popular animal that iswanted to be seen. So that is why we havegreat workers and habitats for the elephants tokeep them in great condition and give them agood viewing area
Elephant’s Names• Scientific name -Loxodonta africana• Common name – African Elephant
Elephant maintenanceThe elephants are taken care of every part of the day. From feeding, cleaning , and maintaining there habitat. The elephants are feed threetimes a day and cleaned twice a day. We feed the elephants stacks of haythat are located on every corner of there habitat. Also the elephants havetrees that that they can feed off of too . The elephants are cleaned in themorning before the crowd of the zoo arrives and they are cleaned at nightwhen they are put up. They clean the elephants by spraying them downwith a disinfecting water and they also scrap anything that should not be onthere feet. The last thing that they do is maintain the habitats that they livein . They clean the habitat once a week. They clean it by picking upfeces, cleaning the excess food they do not eat, and they groom the treesand the scrubs. Also they clean the water of the ponds that are located inthere habitats.
Medical treatmentOne of the medical treatments that happen a lot in the zoo are for AHS whichmeans African horse sickness. This viruses has been passed on fromelephants that come from Africa.it is from is an insect-borne disease of quid itwas passed on from a bug in Africa that was brought here. to treat the spreadof this sickness the elephants receive a shot every six months to keep it fromeffecting them or keep it from spreading. We also have a big treatment centerfor the elephants because they get injured from playing with each other andalso sometimes fighting. Also another big treatment that we have done to theelephants are cleaning they feet so they do not get cut and get infected.
Public Viewing• Safe public viewingThe view area for the elephants is the safest of all of the country. It issurrounded by a 30 ft. steel fence and before the steel fence there a wirefence. Also the viewing are stand 10 ft. fro the fence itself so it is really safe.Just for back up to there is a rail at the viewing are protecting you from falling.You also have to be carful not to lean on the rail or put body parts over therailing.• Handicap accessibilityHandicap accessibility is available all around the zoo and viewing areas. Therewill be ramps at every part of the zoo so there will no worries of hardtraveling upstairs or down stairs. Also there will zoo helpers that will assistyou and make your way if needed.
Severe weather protection• If there is any kind of natural disaster or just a severe rain or freeze the elephants will be moved into there stalls inside of a ware house located right next to the habitat center