Whole Carcass Feeding
Morgan Burnette, Director
Warning: whole prey feeding photos, squeamish eyes should look away.
The Red Wolves and Cheetahs both enjoyed feeding on a whole deer carcass today. Natural feeding opportunities enrich the quality of life for our carnivores by increasing mental and physical activity, providing top nutritional benefits, and encouraging natural behavior. It also gives guests the opportunity to see some of nature’s most skilled predators showing off the behaviors that make them so incredible.
Whole carcass feeding typically consists of deer, rabbit, chicken, rodents, insects, and fish. Other than the deer, which is donated by approved local hunters, we order the feeder animals already frozen from professional diet producers and they have no prior affiliation to the Zoo’s animal collection.
It may be disconcerting for some to witness because we typically prefer our beef in the form of hamburgers instead of sinking our teeth straight into a cow’s flank, but any meat we eat was once a whole carcass too! So, when you see Ghost the Red Wolf gnawing on a deer leg, a mouse carcass in Joe the Stork’s feed bowl, or the meerkats chasing crickets- remember that we are all a part of the natural food web!
: Zookeeper Tayler