Animal enrichment is one of the most important parts of caring for zoological animals. Creating enriching environments, toys, and puzzles to challenge animals takes a team of very clever and inventive keepers. Saint Louis Zoo has announced egg hunts for animals on Sunday, March 27 as part of an already-robust daily enrichment program.
Staff members such as curators, keepers, and volunteers plan and create new animal enrichment activities for animals all the time. Enrichment items and activities makes life more interesting for the animals because their day-to-day experiences are ever-changing. Through enrichment, animals are encouraged to exhibit behaviors like foraging, inventing “toys” to play with various everyday items, and investigate new exhibit “furniture” such as logs, vines, and other items, depending on each unique habitat.
From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on March 27, join the zoo’s staff and observe special animal enrichment activities. You can see the whole schedule here.
In the meantime, check out this video of the zoo’s lemurs enjoying an enrichment session with giant Easter eggs.
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