The veterinarians at the Taipei Zoo are the only team of wildlife specialists in Taiwan. They respond to calls not only for emergencies, but also for the routine check-ups of zoo animals. Whether orangutans are found to be wandering about in a town's financial district or a lost dolphin is discovered to be stranded in an estuary, veterinarians from the Taipei Zoo are on call to offer immediate assistance.
Conflicts between wild animals and humans are not uncommon on this crowded island, and the fewer than twenty veterinarians employed at the Hospital always have their hands full. The hospital is currently designing a series of wildlife emergency workshops to provide internships for college students to ensure higher numbers of qualified people to handle wildlife emergency situations throughout the island.
In order to further sharpen their skills and advance their knowledge, the Hospital’s veterinarians are also members of professional societies, participate in conferences, and publish reports and their research results in professional journals.
In addition to the routine care for zoo animals, the Hospital also engages in the development of techniques and procedures regarding animals’ pathological diagnoses and animal quarantine. To increase all of the Hospital’s veterinarians’ capabilities and skills regarding all types of animal emergencies, all of the Hospital’s patient records are archived in extreme detail.
Animal Central Kitchen
All the food consumed by the animals in the zoo is purchased, processed and distributed from here. The Kitchen personnel also conduct research on wildlife food habits and diets, perform nutritional analyses, ensure quality control measures, and collect data on animals’ dietary standards and requirements.
The construction of more animal houses currently under wraps will offer a wider variety of animals for our visitors' viewing pleasure. The quality and freshness of our animals’ food is always our first concern. Several different menus are prepared for each species so as to guarantee the diversity of the provided food. Moreover, the methods and timing for feeding animals are based on several different schedules in order to enrich their behavioral patterns.