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Animal Updates | Birds | Enrichment

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Food Treats for Lorikeets! | Dominique  buttonLink

Food Treats for Lorikeets!

What I wouldn’t do for a nice cool smoothie on a warm day… I think sometimes our Lorikeets feel the same way! Giving food to animals can be a great form of enrichment. Food is an excellent motivator and presenting it in a new or unique way can elicit foraging behaviors and even encourage problem solving strategies.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Volunteering

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Lorikeets Help Carve a Halloween Pumpkin | Hugh  buttonLink

Lorikeets Help Carve a Halloween Pumpkin

Lorikeets turn into Piranha-keets for Halloween

The lorikeets of Lorikeet Forest decided that the Halloween pumpkin they were given wasn’t scary enough so they proceeded to carve some improvements into it using their beaks. Check out the time-lapse video of their work.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Enrichment

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A Pinata for the Birds | Dominique  buttonLink

A Pinata for the Birds

Birds are smart. And they like to chew… a lot. This can make creating enrichment items for them quite challenging. Staccie, one of my fellow enrichment volunteers, created a stimulating piñata as an enrichment item for one of our toughest “clients”—Lola the Sulfur-Crested Cockatoo.

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Animal Updates | Penguins | Volunteering

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Newsom the Penguin Explores the Guest Side of the Exhibit | Hugh  buttonLink

Newsom the Penguin Explores the Guest Side of the Exhibit

Newsom the penguin decided to explore the penguin under-look for the first time at the June Keyes Penguin Exhibit recently. Check out the video of him watching his penguin mates from the guest perspective.

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Animal Updates | Invertebrates | Arts | Enrichment | Volunteering

The “Finger”-Painting Octopus | Dominique  buttonLink

The “Finger”-Painting Octopus

Part 2

Part 2 of my adventures in building an enrichment object that would allow our giant Pacific octopus, Gunda, to paint.

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Animal Updates | Invertebrates | Arts | Enrichment

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

The “Finger”-Painting Octopus | Dominique  buttonLink

The “Finger”-Painting Octopus

Part 1

Many of you have seen the seals and sea lions painting as an enrichment activity. Some zoos and aquariums even have elephants, giraffes and rhinos paint. If these smart mammals can do it, why can’t our octopus, the smartest invertebrate at the Aquarium? We decided to give our giant Pacific octopus, Gunda, the chance to try.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Conservation | Education | Whale Watching

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Fins and Minkes: The Other Guys! | Julien  buttonLink

Fins and Minkes: The Other Guys!

The blue whale definitely took center stage this summer with their amazing displays of size and appetite, but what about their smaller cousins? The blues have continued to give us great trips with their surface lunge feeding but the fin whales and minkes have also been around feeding along with the blues on the krill! Read on to learn about these other guys!

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Enrichment | Volunteering

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Introducing Dominique | Dominique  buttonLink

Introducing Dominique

Enrichment Volunteer

I’m sure many of you, over your visits to the Aquarium, have noticed chew- toys in the otter exhibit, lorikeets picking at carved pumpkins or melons, discarded parts from a popular, potato-faced children’s toy outside the octopus’s cave, and the sea lions hopping on and jumping off floating rafts in their exhibit. These are all types of animal enrichment.

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Animal Updates | Penguins | Volunteering

March of the Penguin Chicks | Hugh  buttonLink

March of the Penguin Chicks

Fall in line and prepare to smile. The penguin chicks are on the march!

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Conservation | Education | Whale Watching

Friday, September 27, 2013

Familiar Flukes | Julien  buttonLink

Familiar Flukes

The end of August was full of excitement with more lunge feeding, krill at the surface and many familiar flukes! A part of our research on-board deals with identifying the different individuals of blues that visit us every year and we’ve had some whales come back to the area multiple times. Read more to find out which whales we have been sighting!

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