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Animal Updates | Penguins | Enrichment

Friday, July 18, 2014

Curious Penguins | Dominique  buttonLink

Curious Penguins

This June, during the Summer of Wonder, our curious penguins got to meet an even more curious animal at the Aquarium.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Diving | Enrichment

Monday, June 30, 2014

Therapeutic Enrichment | Dominique  buttonLink

Therapeutic Enrichment

Sometimes our animals need a little extra love and care. Just like how we may need some cheering up when we’re sick, our recuperating animals appreciate some extra attention too. Enrichment is more than just for fun, it can also be used to benefit animals in recovery.

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Animal Updates | Fish | Enrichment

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Feeding Frenzy | Dominique  buttonLink

Feeding Frenzy

The fish at the Aquarium enjoy enrichment, just like our other animals. And they can be quite good at the puzzle solving required by some enrichments, especially with the right motivation… food!

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Animal Updates | Birds | Enrichment

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Enrichment Challenge! | Dominique  buttonLink

Enrichment Challenge!

Part 1: A Stingray for Lola

Aquarium staff and volunteers participated in an enrichment challenge put on by the IAATE to create inspired bird enrichment devices using rubber. Check out the first of three creative enrichments we came up with and see the fun our birds had!

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Animal Updates | Birds | Penguins | Enrichment

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Penguin Party! | Dominique  buttonLink

Penguin Party!

We threw the penguins a party! While it’s breeding season for the penguins, not all of them are stuck at home in their nest box. We planned a bright and colorful enrichment session for a few of the penguins, not currently preoccupied with nesting.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Enrichment

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Musical Magpie | Dominique  buttonLink

Musical Magpie

The Aquarium’s magpie Ian seems to like making noise and tapping out a beat with his beak. We gave him a toy piano to see if he could turn the beat into music.

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Animal Updates | Reptiles | Enrichment

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

One Smoothie, with a Cricket Boost! | Dominique  buttonLink

One Smoothie, with a Cricket Boost!

The otters like smoothies. The lorikeets like smoothies. Why not some of our other animals? Enrichment Intern AnnMarie makes a smoothie for our bearded dragon!

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Animal Updates | Birds | Enrichment

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Simply Enriching | Dominique  buttonLink

Simply Enriching

Not all enrichment devices have to be complicated puzzles or handcrafted toys. Sometimes simple things can bring great satisfaction.

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Enrichment

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Reflections of a Seal Pup | Dominique  buttonLink

Reflections of a Seal Pup

What will a seal or sea lion do when they see themselves in a mirror? Do they know they’re looking at themselves? Do they think they’ve met another animal? Enrichment Intern AnnMarie presented our seals and sea lions with their reflections to see how they would respond.

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Animal Updates | Birds | Enrichment

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Early Birds Get the Worms | Dominique  buttonLink

Early Birds Get the Worms

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.”

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