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Enrichment Day

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Saturday, September 13, 2014 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Schedule

9:30 Kipp Aquarium – Octopus Enrichment 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. 10:00 Kipp Aquarium Enrichment 10:00 Natural Encounters – Red Panda Enrichment 10:00 Elephant Bath at Barn 10:15 Natural Encounters – Inside Rainforest Enrichment 10:15 Reptile Building – Enrichment Activity 10:30 Kipp Aquarium – Sea Turtle Enrichment 10:30 Natural Encounters – Bat Enrichment 10:30 Giant Eland, Warthog Enrichment 10:30 Reptile Building – Komodo Dragon Enrichment 10:45 King Vulture Enrichment 10:45 Natural Encounters – Desert Enrichment 10:45 Okapi Enrichment 11:00 a.m. – Noon 11:00 Tropical Bird House Rainforest Enrichment 11:00 Natural Encounters River’s Edge Enrichment 11:00 Red Crowned Crane Enrichment at Birds of the World 11:15 Cassowary Enrichment 11:30 Natural Encounters Piranha Enrichment 11:30 St. Vincent Amazon Enrichment 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 12:00 WWP – Lemur Enrichment 12:15 WWP – Tamarin Enrichment 12:30 Parrot Enrichment at Children’s Zoo Swap Shop 12:30 WWP – Patas Enrichment 12:30 Chimpanzee Enrichment 12:45 Coati Enrichment at the Children’s Zoo 12:45 WWP – Mandrills Enrichment 12:55 River Otter Enrichment at Children’s Zoo 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 1:00 WWP – Debrazza’s monkey Enrichment 1:00 Lion Window Enrichment Talk 1:00 Rhino Enrichment 1:00 Duck Lake Pelican Enrichment 1:05 Banded Mongoose Enrichment at Children’s Zoo 1:15 Swift Fox Enrichment at Children’s Zoo 1:15 WWP – Swamp & Red-tailed Guenons Enrichment 1:15 Enrichment for Ibis, Peafowl – opposite entrance to Extreme Bugs 1:25 Cow Enrichment at Children’s Zoo 1:30 WWP – Siamang Enrichment 1:30 Elephant Enrichment 1:30 African Wild Dog Enrichment 1:30 Giraffe Enrichment 1:30 Sea Lion show and Enrichment 1:35 Goat Enrichment at Children’s Zoo 1:45 WWP – Babirusa Enrichment 1:45 Gerenuk Enrichment 1:45 Black Bears – Puzzle Feeders 1:45 Flamingo Enrichment 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. 2:00 WWP – Orangutan Enrichment 2:00 Ankole Browse 2:00 Clouded Leopard Enrichment 2:00 Cheetah Enrichment 2:00 Natural Encounters Sea Jellies Enrichment 2:15 Tapir/Capybara Enrichment 2:15 Fossa Enrichment 2:20 Natural Encounters – Fish Enrichment 2:30 Maned Wolf/Anteater Enrichment 2:30 Tiger Training Window 2:45 Natural Encounters – Meerkat Enrichment

What is Enrichment?

Animals in nature have to work for a living – to find food, to make nests, and to find shelter. Play is another natural activity. Life for the animals at the Houston Zoo is more predictable than in the wild. That’s why our keepers use enrichment to create variety through work and play. Keepers at the Houston Zoo create an environment for our animals that allows for physical and mental choices and challenges. IMG_2713w At the Houston Zoo, we choose items and activities that are safe and encourage natural behaviors. For example, orangutans in the wild make nests each time they stop to go to sleep at night. At the Houston Zoo, we give our orangutans cut branches of hackberry, mulberry, banana leaves, willow, hay or bamboo to make nests. Keepers also give them “toys” such as large indestructible balls and rubber tubes, crates and colorful fabric. 2012-Enrichment-Day-156 Hiding food encourages natural foraging behavior. During Enrichment Day, our Mandrills will receive forage piles – yummy treats covered in substrate that they must dig through. Lemurs and Guenons enjoy puzzle feeders. Keepers drill holes in PVC pipes and then fill the tubes with some of the primates’ favorite treats. It takes more than a quick lick to get to the goodies inside! Playing-in-a-Swing Exercise is also a form of enrichment. You may take your dog for a long walk or play tug of war with an old sock. Keepers at the Houston Zoo encourage physical activity in a variety of ways. For instance, Malayan tigers Pandu and Satu enjoy tugging on a large plastic barrel attached to a cord. Jaguars, Kan Balam and Cocoy, will sometimes receive their bones in barrels. They manipulate the slots in the barrel to get to the yummy treats inside.