This report follows up on an interim report released in February 2004 that focused on immediate needs in the areas of animal care and management, recordkeeping, and pest control. The report finds that the zoo has made good-faith efforts to correct deficiencies noted in the interim report and has made some noticeable improvements in the past year in zoo operations and animal care. However, problems in areas such as staff training, workplace culture, and strategic planning still need to be addressed. Specifically, the report recommends that the zoo immediately develop and implement animal-care training programs to ensure that people who are directly responsible for the well-being of its animal collection are adequately prepared and competent. The report commends a zoo-initiated strategic planning process as a positive step, but recommends it contain a more detailed, comprehensive strategy of how it will meet short-term goals and that it should link plans to upgrade facilities with those to acquire animals. The zoo should also focus on improving communication among keepers, veterinarians, nutritionists, senior managers, and curators.Final Report Committee on the Review of the Smithsonian Institutiona#39;s National Zoological Park, Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Institute ... Among his numerous awards and honors, Roberts was named a Fellow of the World Health Organization ... His responsibilities in administration of research services include ensuring that all research programs and policies are in ... He is the editor of several books on the veterinary clinics of North America, and orthopedic diseases.
|Title||:||Animal Care and Management at the National Zoo:|
|Author||:||Committee on the Review of the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoological Park, Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Institute for Laboratory Animal Research, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council|
|Publisher||:||National Academies Press - 2005-10-27|