Staff and volunteer activities provide animals with challenges, environmental stimulation and physical and mental exercise. These activities are as essential to animal health and well-being as proper nutrition and medical care and provide a better overall quality of life. Examples of enrichment may include toys, scents, dietary items, social interaction and training, designed to elicit natural behaviors. Enrichment is provided daily to the animal collection, and kept “novel” in order to maintain the animals’ interest.
Animal training and enrichment are part of routine daily animal care around the Zoo. The Behavioral Husbandry department’s goal and philosophy are to constantly evolve and improve our resources and management techniques to provide the animals with world class care and provide our valued visitors the best Zoo experience possible.