Preparing the animals' food

Every day, we spend between 2 and 4 hours preparing food for the animals. Each species has its own "menu card". Every species is different. Counting all the birds, reptiles, mammals and frogs in our care, we have to prepare a balanced diet for over 250 animals (more than 60 species).

We do 3 kinds of food prep - Dry foods (grains and grasses), Meat (for our carnivores and omnivores), and Fruit & Vegetables. As well as chopping food, weighing it out and defrosting what's needed, we also have to manage the stores.

Three times a week we do "food sort" - this takes up to 2 hours - where we sort the donated foods we pick up from Coles and Woolworths, separate out what the animals need from the foods they can't eat, do "stock rotation" in our walk-in fridge and freezer, and store and label the food.

And then, of course, is the cleaning. Washing dishes, cleaning the store shelves and the food prep tables, mopping the floor, and packing everything away (until the next day). 

We really need your help!