Looking after the animals in our care

Above all, the welfare of our animals is most important to us. We have adopted the Five Domains model, which recognises the affective (psychological) states of welfare in animals.

The domains, as outlined by the Zoo Aquarium Association are:

Physical Domains

1.     Nutrition:  e.g. appropriate consumption of nutritious foods is a pleasurable experience

2.     Environmental: e.g. benign conditions offer adaptive choices and variety

3.     Health: e.g. physically sound (uninjured, disease-free) animals enjoy good health

4.     Behaviour: e.g. environment-focused and inter-animal activities are satisfying and engaging

Mental Domain

5.     Mental or Affective State: e.g. animals experience comfort, pleasure, interest and confidence

We strive to ensure all our animals enjoy a life with a high standard within each domain.

Find out more about the ZAA Accreditation Program.


Moonlit Sanctuary uses the ZIMS animal record keeping system, which is a web based system used by over 800 zoos and wildlife parks around the world. ZIMS is run by Species 360, the International Species Inventory System. Using ZIMS means we can compare our data about animals with data about the same species wherever it has been kept. It also means other wildlife parks and zoos can have access to our data too. You can find out more about ZIMS on the Global Species 360 website.