Kerri Slifka has been the Dallas Zoo's curator of nutrition since 2006.(Rebecca Slezak / Staff Photographer)
Once a month, Slifka assesses groups of animals to determine whether any changes need to be made to their meal plans. But it’s largely a team effort; diets are always changing, and Silkfa is in constant contact with zoo staff to stay up to date on each animal’s health.
“Part of being a nutritionist is being alamat kebun binatang surabaya a really good communicator,” she said. “I’ll be in contact with everyone from the zoologists on the front lines all the way up through the curator and liaison with the vets as well.”
One of the biggest challenges of the job is managing the zoo’s newborns and young animals.
Planning for a newcomer takes months and begins with the mother. Slifka comes up with a diet plan that supports the growth of the baby through a pregnancy, and the planning doesn’t stop there.
“We’re hoping that mom takes care of the kids. But we are always prepared in case they don’t,” Slifka said.