Montgomery & Selma

Animal Enrichment Day

February 16, 2019 in Montgomery , AL



Keepers talk to guests about each animal

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More than 20 species will take part in the semi-annual event, including the sloth bear, lemurs, cheetahs, and elephants. 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. Our animals’ well-being, health, and happiness is supported through opportunities to smell novel scents, taste different flavors, and explore new puzzles. 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.