Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Not all enrichment devices have to be complicated puzzles or handcrafted toys. Sometimes simple things can bring great satisfaction.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Some enrichments are so intriguing, everyone wants to use them. I built a feeding enrichment full of worms for some of the foraging shorebirds. It brought in not just the shorebirds, but even the ducks… though they were a little late to the party. And you know what they say: “the early bird gets the worm.”
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Ever wonder why lorikeets sop up their nectar like a mop? Or why penguins replace all of their feathers once a year? This blog post will inform you on some of the amazing adaptations that birds utilize to be so successful in whatever habitat they live in.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Even when enrichments don’t work out the way people want them to, the animals still have fun!
Monday, December 09, 2013
Check out the enrichment items and treats our animals got during this year’s Holiday Treats Festival! Both animals and humans had so much fun!
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Meet Heidi and Anderson, the first chicks born at the June Keyes Penguin Habitat. This is their story, from egg to fully feathered juveniles.
In this blog you get a chance to meet Heidi and Anderson, Floyd and Roxy’s first chicks. They hatched this past June 19th and 25th, and are the first chicks born at the June Keyes Penguin Habitat. I got the chance to help raise them both, and will give you a glimpse into what it was like to watch them grow into the “teens” that they are today!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Hi! I’m Sara, an aviculturist at the Aquarium of the Pacific. What is an aviculturist? Well, it’s a very lucky person that gets to care for the bird collection at the Aquarium of the Pacific. In this blog, you will get a glimpse into what being an aviculturist is all about. By the end of my blog, you may just become a bigger bird nerd than me!
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
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.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
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.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
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.