Learn about preventive care and enrichment for cats large and small
Big Cat Care, presented by Banfield Pet Hospital, offers visitors the opportunity to see firsthand how zoo animal-care experts keep the lions active and engaged, and train them to participate in their own preventive care. And because many elements of essential cat care are the same—whether you're caring for a 500-pound African lion or a cuddly 10-pound tabby—keepers also share information on how guests can provide preventive care and enrichment for their domestic cat companions.
The program is part of a larger partnership between the zoo and Banfield Pet Hospital, which provides opportunities for kids and families to learn about the fundamentals of responsible pet ownership. For more cat care tips, download the Cat Enrichment Guide (produced by zoo and Banfield experts in 2016 and recently updated), which offers practical ways to make sure your cat gets enough physical, sensory and food enrichment.
Big Cat Care runs daily at 11 a.m. from June 9 to September 3 in Predators of the Serengeti.
About Banfield Pet Hospital:
Founded in Portland, Ore., in 1955, Banfield is the largest general-veterinary practice in the world. In 2007, Banfield joined the Mars, Inc., family of businesses, and today has more than 1,000 hospitals across the United States and Puerto Rico. More than 3,500 Banfield veterinarians are committed to providing high-quality veterinary care for 3 million pets annually. Banfield's charitable arm, the Banfield Foundation, was established in 2015 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the well-being of pets and communities. In 2017, Banfield Pet Hospital — including the work of the Banfield Foundation — was named among Points of Light's Civic 50 as one of the most community-minded companies in the U.S. Press seeking additional information are invited to call the Media Hotline: (888) 355-0595.