A Swan Habitat is a site, natural or man-made, in which swans reside. This swan habitat showcases the swan species that thrive there and stresses the need for their conservation. The types of swan species may vary, but it is a habitat that supplies the swans with shelter, food and a safe, clean environment. The many possibilities for a swan habitat location include--very simply, an owner’s backyard, or bucolic park locations. Others might be located in highly visible public areas such as hotel properties, golf courses, and resort properties that may feature stylized, constructed facilities and structures. For another example, an owner can prepare their own garage or outdoor barn for a critical veterinary care house and a temporary isolation holding pen. And, the habitat office can be their own home office.
Additionally, the size of the swan flock and the locale of the swan habitat can be an acre of land with two swans to a 40-acre lake with 200 swans. The number of swans in a habitat is determined by whether the habitat is natural or man-made. Swans in a natural setting will not overextend their flock numbers if there is not enough shelter, food or natural resources. The natural instincts of a swan dictate that this will increase the probability of starvation, predation, illness or other detrimental conditions to the health and welfare of the flock.
Conversely, a man-made habitat should take into consideration these same elements. A large number of captive swans INCREASE the necessary functions and structures of the habitat as well as the responsibilities of the OWNER. Providing adequate shelter, food, and veterinary medical care increase with every swan introduced into a man-made setting. By most state laws, captive swans (non-native exotic species of swans) must be pinioned (rendered unable to fly), which means they cannot fly from one body of water to another to find their own shelter, food or safe habitat. Therefore, by state statutes, it is the OWNER’S responsibility to meet the needs of the captive swans.
A “Swans of the World Habitat”® is a unique habitat in which all seven species of swans are cared for and nurtured in ONE swan habitat location. This habitat showcases all seven species and one subspecies: Mute Swans (England & Europe), Whooper Swans (Southeast Asia), Black Swans (Australia), Coscoroba Swans (South America), Black-Necked Swans (South America), Trumpeter Swans (North America), Tundra Swans (North America) and the Bewick Swans (Eurasian Subspecies of the North American Tundra Swans).
“Swans of the World Habitat”® is an elite designation endowed by The Regal Swan® Foundation to the OWNER with the highest recognition of a swan habitat in which all seven species of swans are nurtured and cared for in ONE location. More importantly, it is a habitat in which the OWNER has consciously worked to achieve this special designation, adopts and enforces all RSF Policies, Procedures, and Practices for swan habitat conservation.
The designation and certification process mandates proper federal, state and local permitting; the development of a Captive Wildlife Critical Incident and Disaster Plan; swan inventory logs and medical records; daily humane treatment and prompt veterinary medical care; daily habitat inspections; annual round-up for veterinary medical exams and vaccinations; emergency care protocols; and indoor and outdoor holding pens for a swan’s temporary isolation from the habitat population; and Swan Habitat Field Team training.
However, any swan habitat can become an OFFICIAL RSF SWAN HABITAT if and when all the RSF Policies, Procedures, Practices are adopted by the OWNER.