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Animal Enrichment Day Winter 2020

Animal Enrichment Day, Saturday, February 15, 10am – 2pm. Tour the Zoo during our enrichment event and observe how animals respond to an assortment of new creative and behavior-stimulating enrichment.

  • Date: 02/15/2020 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM  
  • Location: Montgomery Zoo
    2301 Coliseum Parkway
    Montgomery, Alabama 36110
  • Introduction: 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 f

Join the Montgomery Zoo Saturday, February 15, 10am – 2pm, for Animal Enrichment Day.  Tour the Zoo during our enrichment event and observe how animals respond to an assortment of new creative and behavior-stimulating enrichment items.

More than 15 species will take part in the semi-annual event, including the tigers, elephants, chimpanzees, and jaguars. 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.  With winter temperatures, many of the items will have a cooling or warming effect.

Our animals’ well-being, health, and happiness is supported through opportunities to smell novel scents, taste different flavors, and explore new puzzles. Enrichment keeps them active and engaged while reproducing their natural behaviors.  From zoo animals to our pets and even ourselves, we all need enrichment.

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.

The Zoo consults with national animal enrichment databases developed by government agencies and other zoos for assistance in selecting enrichment items. Zoo staff members evaluate enrichment items and approve them based on certain requirements.

The Montgomery Zoo provides enrichment to its animals on a daily basis, but this often takes place out of view from the public. Animal Enrichment Day allows the Zoo to share a daily activity with our guests and present it on a grander scale. 

For more information, please contact: (334) 625-4900 or email zooinfo@montgomeryal.gov.

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Enrichment Schedule for Saturday, February 15, 2020 
Enrichment theme: Valentines Day

10am: Macaws: "Love you to pieces" Hanging boxes with fruit and paper confetti inside
10:15am: Spider Monkeys: Paper mache hearts with fruit inside
10:30am: Pygmy hippos: Floating flowers
10:45am: Lemurs: Paper heart chains
11am: Maned wolf: Heart/Arrow shish kabobs (fruit and mice) 
11:15am: Reptile House: Hissing booth, heart shapes, fake flowers
11:30am: River Otters: Heart raft with feeders underneath
11:45am: Lynx: Hanging frozen meat in shape of hearts 
12pm: Black bear: Marshmallow fluff on windows
12:15pm: Giraffe: Kissing booth
     -- Break until 1pm to allow people to take pictures with giraffes at kissing booth
1pm: Lions: Keeper talk and training
1:15pm: Cheetahs: Meat paste writing on the windows
1:30pm: Siamangs: Chocolate covered strawberries in chocolate box
1:45pm: Elephants: Conversation heart cut outs
2pm: Stingrays: Heart shaped dive rings, weighed pool noodles in hearts
2:30pm: Tigers: Beef hearts

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