Zoo-trition: Nutrition Science at the Smithsonian's National Zoo
The Department of Nutrition Science is responsible for all aspects of feeding and nutrition for the animals in their care — at both the Smithsonian's National Zoo and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. In this one-day (three-hour) adult education workshop, Mike Maslanka, head of the Department of Nutrition Science, will highlight current hot topics in zoo nutrition, such as:
- The concept of gut microbiome management and transfaunation
- What feeding carcass to carnivores and trees to herbivores have in common, and why they’re both important
- Why a free-ranging frugivore might not be a “fruit-eater”
Participants will also be getting their hands dirty and dividing up in the browse yard to thin out some saplings and give them a fighting chance through the summer. Please bring bug spray and work gloves, as well as an engaged and enthusiastic attitude.
Age range: 18