Artemis the cougar enjoys a frozen treat, while her sister checks out the enrichment items in the back.

Artemis, the cougar, enjoys a frozen treat, while her sister, Fawn, checks out the other enrichment items.

***PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO COVID-19, WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING ANY DONATIONS FOR ENRICHMENT UNLESS SHIPPED DIRECTLY TO THE PARK FROM THE MANUFACTURER.***

Have you ever seen a tiger playing with a large rubber ball? Or one of the spider monkeys foraging for food through straw scattered around their enclosure? Or the rhino flinging a painted box about his pasture with his horn? These are all examples of enrichment that can be given to the animals at the zoo.

Enrichment is any item or activity that provides challenge or stimulation of the senses that allows animals to demonstrate their natural behaviors, gives them choice over their environment, and enhances their well-being. This type of activity is just as important as nutrition and veterinary medicine, and is an integral part of daily life for all our creatures at the Jackson Zoo, from the little Madagascar hissing cockroaches to the Southern White rhinos.

TYPES OF ENRICHMENT

Ongoing studies with other accredited institutions and our own daily routines help zookeepers determine the most beneficial enrichment protocol, used to enhance an animal’s behavioral, physical, social, cognitive, and psychological well-being. 

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