Types of Animal Enrichment
This category stimulates all of the animals’ senses- visual, olfactory (smell), auditory (hearing), taste and tactile (touch). Options include: bubbles, television nature programs, spices, perfumes, sounds of nature audio recordings, fresh browse and scratching posts.
Foods / Feeding
This is how keepers make feeding time challenging and fun for the animals. A variety of task oriented puzzle feeders and different methods of presentation encourage animals to think and work for their food, as they would in the wild.
Manipulative / Toys
These are enrichment items that can be manipulated in some way via hands, mouth, legs, horns or head simply for investigation and exploratory play. A few examples are: balls, boxes, bags and barrels.
Keepers spend a lot of time developing creative enrichment ideas. You can help us brainstorm on how to keep enrichment new and exciting by submitting your own novel enrichment design. Click here to learn how!
This category enables keepers to enhance the animals’ Zoo habitat with opportunities that change or add complexity to their environment. This is accomplished through a variety of novel substrates, swings, climbing structures, hiding places, etc.
Behavioral / Social
Social interaction in the form of training and structured play build trust and rapport between keeper and animal. Opportunities to interact with other animals (even artificial decoys or piñatas!) also stimulate beneficial natural behaviors and instinct.
In addition to animal enrichment, the Zoo also trains our animals. Click here to learn more about our animal training.