One of the things we provide for the resident animals in our care is a finely tuned diet to give them the nutrients they need and keep them at a healthy weight. For most animals this involves measured meals twice a day. Some animals like Popcorn, a weasel, get three meals a day because of their high metabolisms. Other animals, like our snakes, have several days in between feedings.
Once in a while, a donation makes it possible for a “cheat day” at Wildlife Images! Which provides not only a big meal but also an opportunity for enrichment, as it provides a more “natural” way for large carnivores like bears and cougars to feed. In the wild, it is truly feast or famine and larger predators typically gorge on prey and then fast for many days after. Recently, we received a large whole meat donation. We portioned it out to our large carnivores including Kodi, Yak, Yogi and Brady. The Animal Care team alters diets for the following days to make up for the large cheat meal. They truly enjoy the variation in their feeding schedules and we appreciate the generosity of our community to better the lives of these amazing creatures in our care!