Enrichment encompasses a variety of activities where objects, sounds and/or scents are used to encourage the natural behaviors of animals under our care. Enrichment compels animals to interact with their environment. Enrichment comes in many forms (e.g., what an animal visualizes, smells, hears, tastes or touches).
Enrichment is important because physical and mental stimulation help maintain and enhance the health and well being of our animals.
What kinds of things does the Zoo do to enrich the animals?
Supplies live, extra-large cockroaches to meerkats and monitor lizards to stimulate natural hunting instincts.
Provides puzzle feeders for the octopus, parrots and monkeys to "figure out".
Offers edible flowers to the lemurs and chuckwallas as a new food choice.
Gives "Zoo Doo" for the lions to discover.
Creates papier-mâché prey for hornbills and tigers to tackle.
Where can enrichment be found at the Zoo?
Everywhere! But look closely because it's not always easy to see while we strive to maintain naturalistic exhibits. Riverbanks strives to enrich all of the animals.