team of professionals at Terra Natura
Natura is made up of a technical department
(manager, conservationist and veterinarians) and an operational department
(area coordinators, wild animal keepers and service staff e.g. kitchens and
and supervises every aspect of the animals’ handling and care, organizing and
delegating tasks to the team working under him.
responsible for ensuring the animals’
enclosures are suitable, acquiring the animals in conservation programmes,
dealing with documentation and registering the animals.
chief veterinarian is responsible for the clinic and supervising animal health
and nutrition, supported by the assistant veterinarian. Their dedication to caring for our animals is
a constant vocation.
mammals, birds and elephants: these are three key members of staff in the
management of daily work in the animals’ shelters; their functions include
establishing and implementing daily tasks in the stable block building. They
establish the procedures for handling the animals and plan and organize the
work of the rest of the team. In the case of the elephants and rhinos, they
direct the training sessions on low-protection contact and teach and supervise
their teams. They establish safety procedures and are also responsible for
health and safety matters. They can suggest changes to routines or specific
handling techniques, providing reports justifying any such changes to the Zoo
Director and the conservation and veterinary departments.
to direct the working team when the coordinator is not present. They also have
the authority to make changes to working routines in the event of unwelcome
of their greater experience and knowledge, apart from their usual routine care
and handling tasks they are also authorised to undertake certain tasks that
involve a higher level of assessment and decision-making.
: (Operators;) staff
with little or no prior experience in handling wild animals who are given
induction training in animal handling and care. They are responsible for routine
daily tasks: opening and closing gates, cleaning, preparing and distributing
food and maintenance of working equipment..
We should not forget that plant life is
intimately linked to the animal world and to maintain our vegetation and
encourage healthy growth we have a team of gardeners led by an expert landscape
gardener. With every passing season we’re able to watch how a collection of
plants that started from nothing is growing, taking shape and creating a
landscape in the park.