In my short time here at the Houston Zoo, I’ve been amazed at the energy and enthusiasm that goes into every single project we take on. The pride taken by the staff and volunteers at the Houston Zoo is something that you don’t see in just any work environment, and it shows in every facet of the zoo. Enrichment Day at the zoo is no exception.
Not only will guests be able to learn about the enrichment we do with animals here at the zoo, but children will be able to participate in some enrichment activities of their own! Yes, humans need enrichment, too! (Haven’t you ever heard that “variety is the spice of life”?)
The volunteer team, along with our fall teen volunteer program, Zoo Crew, will be offering games and activities for children at “Enrichment Central” on the Werler lawn near the Meerkat exhibit. Activities will include the “Cheetah Relay” to simulate carnivores chasing prey, a “Human Dig Box” to simulate foraging for food, and “Fishing like a Bird” which simulates how storks and pelicans catch fish.
There will also be draft tables where kids will have the opportunity to make an enrichment item for their pet at home! These activities, among others, will enhance the zoo experience for all of our younger guests.
So, bring the kids and “spice up your life” on Saturday, October 2nd at Enrichment Day at the Houston Zoo! See you there!
Written by Paul Bishop, Volunteer Programs Supervisor