Plants that are eaten by Zoo animals are collectively known as ‘browse'. Browse is collected by Zoo Horticulturists in the form of leaves, twigs and branches from various places including schools, suburban backyards, and specially developed plantations. Browse is collected by the truckload and kept in cold storage until required.
The animals of Taronga Zoo eat very similar foods to humans, including a variety of fresh fruit, meat, vegetables and grains. In addition to their prepared food, many animals require plant material.
There are two main categories of browse: