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Animal Updates | Birds | Enrichment

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A Pinata for the Birds | Dominique  

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 | Invertebrates | Arts | Enrichment | Volunteering

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The “Finger”-Painting Octopus | Dominique  

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  

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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Enrichment | Volunteering

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Introducing Dominique | Dominique  

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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