What is Enrichment?
Animals of all types and species require enrichment, but what exactly is enrichment? The dictionary definition of enrichment is described as "to add greater value or significance to."
Enrichment is a wonderful way to promote the animal’s natural behaviors and keep them mentally stimulated while searching for their food and also providing them with an opportunity to play.
We provide enrichment to our animals on a daily basis, some you may never see and others you will definitely notice. The following are just a few of our examples of enrichment at the zoo!
October 2011 - Wild Boar target training
March 1, 2011 - "Arnie the male Muskox" with his new toy as his ladies watch
Baboons With Spice BagsThe types of activities or items used for enrichment purposes vary and should be used as a daily part of keeping zoo animals active and interested.
Mama Black Bear With Box Of Goodies
The enrichment program at the Greater Vancouver Zoo is a necessity to maintain the lives of our animals, but it also is one of the challenging and enjoyable aspects of a keeper's daily routine.
Jaguar With Box Of Treats
How do you keep the animals interested? At the Zoo we try daily to best stimulate the animals by rotating and randomly changing the schedule and/or items of enrichment to keep up the animal's interest.