What is enrichment?
Enrichment can be classified as any item or opportunity that promotes mental stimulation or play, encourages exercise, or provides a new sensory experience. Examples include toys; new or different foods or treats; novel scents or sounds; and browse or nesting material, just to name a few. Besides being enjoyable and fun for the animals, enrichment also sparks curiosity and species-typical behaviors, such as foraging for food or nest-building.
Thrive vs. survive: enrichment at Zoo Atlanta
Institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) are required to include enrichment as part of regular animal management. Zoo Atlanta offers a robust program, with every animal in the collection provided with enrichment on a daily basis. As a result, the Zoo is also the proud home of some of the zoological profession’s most creative and resourceful keepers. From discarded household products to fallen trees or car tires, nothing is ever overlooked. Not only do keepers think outside the box; they’ll also find a way to use the box!