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Animal Enrichment Day
February 15, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Join the Montgomery Zoo Saturday, February 15, 10am – 2pm, for Animal Enrichment Day. Tour the Zoo during our enrichment event and observe how animals respond to an assortment of new creative and behavior-stimulating enrichment items.
More than 15 species will take part in the semi-annual event, including the tigers, elephants, chimpanzees, and jaguars. Presented in the form of special toys, unique scents, puzzles, boxed goodies or food treats, the enrichment items provide Zoo animals with both mental and physical exercise. With winter temperatures, many of the items will have a cooling or warming effect.
Our animals’ well-being, health, and happiness is supported through opportunities to smell novel scents, taste different flavors, and explore new puzzles. Enrichment keeps them active and engaged while reproducing their natural behaviors. From zoo animals to our pets and even ourselves, we all need enrichment.
The goal of Animal Enrichment Day is to safely stimulate and reproduce behaviors that are natural for each animal in the wild. Placing different stimuli in the animals’ environment allows animals to use their five basic senses while they exercise. It is a lot of trial and error, but it is always fun.
The Zoo consults with national animal enrichment databases developed by government agencies and other zoos for assistance in selecting enrichment items. Zoo staff members evaluate enrichment items and approve them based on certain requirements.
The Montgomery Zoo provides enrichment to its animals on a daily basis, but this often takes place out of view from the public. Animal Enrichment Day allows the Zoo to share a daily activity with our guests and present it on a grander scale.
For more information, please contact: (334) 625-4900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.