Friday, July 18, 2014
This June, during the Summer of Wonder, our curious penguins got to meet an even more curious animal at the Aquarium.
Monday, June 30, 2014
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.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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!
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
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!
Thursday, April 17, 2014
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.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
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.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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!
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 18, 2014
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.
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.”