Action: Carnivores: Hand-feed
Key messagesRead our guidance on Key messages before continuing
- No evidence was captured for the effects of hand-feeding on captive carnivores.
'No evidence' for an action means we have not yet found any studies that directly and quantitatively tested this action during our systematic journal and report searches. Therefore we have been unable to assess whether or not the action is effective or has any harmful impacts. Please get in touch if you know of such a study for this action.
In recent years, minimal human contact is encouraged for many animals in zoos. Many species of carnivore are considered dangerous and human contact can be considered stressful. However, hand-feeding aims to allow keepers to monitor the health of an animal, administer medication easily and monitor food intake.