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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Musical Magpie | Dominique  

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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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

One Smoothie, with a Cricket Boost! | Dominique  

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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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Simply Enriching | Dominique  

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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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Reflections of a Seal Pup | Dominique  

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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Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Early Birds Get the Worms | Dominique  

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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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Sniffing Around | Dominique  

Sniffing Around

How do you enrich a reptile? After seeing enrichment for birds and mammals some people are curious about enrichment for our other animals. Enrichment Intern AnnMarie uses scent to intrigue and entice our California Desert Tortoise.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Different Strokes for Different Birds | Dominique  

Different Strokes for Different Birds

Even when enrichments don’t work out the way people want them to, the animals still have fun!

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Monday, December 09, 2013

Delivering Holiday Treats to the Animals | Dominique  

Delivering Holiday Treats to the Animals

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!

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Preparing for Holiday Treats! | Dominique  

Preparing for Holiday Treats!

What does it take to prepare holiday treats for all of the animals in the Aquarium?

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Food Treats for Lorikeets! | Dominique  

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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