Louisville, KY – A company known as a pioneer in the Human Grade Pet Food movement has expanded their offerings to include food for other animals as well. Rudy Green, Inc., manufacturer of Rudy Green’s Doggy Cuisine™, is now producing a special diet designed to restore health and vitality to maned wolves living in zoos across the country.
About Maned Wolves
Maned wolves are a species native to the grasslands and scrub forests of central South America, and are listed as endangered by the Brazilian government and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. There are now just 72 maned wolves living in 26 zoos throughout the country.
Sadie and Rocko’s Story
The Louisville Zoo is continually seeking the very best methods in nutrition and animal care. That’s why when a concern arose over the health of a pair of young maned wolves at the Zoo, forward-thinking staff and leaders moved to a customized whole-food based, gently cooked diet by Rudy Green’s, which not only seemed to appeal to Sadie and Rocko, it addressed their nutritional needs as well. The Louisville Zoo began using the special diet in September 2016.
According to Rudy Green creator and President Karla Haas, the recipes were developed in collaboration with zoo personnel and renowned animal nutrition professor Dr. Cheryl Morris of Iowa State University utilizing simple, human-grade meats and vegetables. “We had to consider every aspect of their physical condition as well as finding ingredients that matched what they consumed in the wild, blended together in a meal they would like” Haas adds.
The new diet in conjunction with recommended supplementation by Dr. Morris seemed to improve the health of Sadie and Rocko. Zoo keepers noticed consistent stool quality, improved coat quality, weight gain and consistent maintenance of weight— all measureable indicators of good health.
Because of the consistent performance of these methods, Washington D.C.’s National Zoo was one of the first to order the special diet.
About Rudy Green’s
In 2006 a business was created out of a passion for animals and success with gently cooked human grade food prepared for the founder’s sick old dog, Rudy Green, for which the company is named. “It’s nonsense to believe that we should be feeding any animal a highly processed, nutritionally deplete, dry nugget that doesn’t resemble, nor contain, real food as the mainstay of their diet” said Ms. Haas. Pet lovers can find Rudy Green’s Doggy Cuisine™ for their own four legged kids in Kroger stores pet aisle freezers and online through amazon. For more info see www.rudygreens.com.
Karla Haas, President, Rudy Green, Inc.