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.”
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
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.
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, November 26, 2013
What does it take to prepare holiday treats for all of the animals in the Aquarium?
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.
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.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Part 2 of my adventures in building an enrichment object that would allow our giant Pacific octopus, Gunda, to paint.