Enrichment enhances all aspects of an animal’s welfare by addressing the behavioral, environmental, physical, psychological and social needs of each individual animal, based upon the natural history of the species. Enrichment helps to keep animal’s minds active, stimulated and healthy. It also encourages displays of behaviors similar to what would be seen in the wild. Our staff continuously provides our animals with a variety of environmental and sensory enrichment activities.
Additionally, using positive reinforcement, our staff spends time training our animals. Training helps reduce the stress of veterinary procedures and provides our animals with healthy mental stimulation.
The Zoo’s enrichment committee (zookeepers overseen by a curatorial staff member) develops, promotes, supports and monitors a husbandry program that enhances the lives of the animals at the Zoo.
Our mission is to stimulate natural behaviors, provide animals with mental stimulation, choice and control, reduce stereotypical behaviors, improve success of captive breeding programs and provide an educational experience for Zoo visitors. The goal is to enhance the well being of all animals in our care.View our enrichment gallery