Animal Enrichment Programs - Creature Comforts
check. Water, check. Shelter, check. Is that all there
is when it comes to caring for animals? Not even close
at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The Zoo's annual event, Creature Comforts demonstrates
why enrichment is vital to every animal's well being,
wild or tame.
Zookeepers conducted and explained
enrichment demonstrations throughout the Zoo. Visitors
were able to observe how enrichment works for all kinds
of animals. Zoo visitors were also able to take home
practical tips to enrich the lives of their pets.
As part of the day's festivities, kids were asked to describe how their lives were enriched. Here are some of their answers:
"I saw the elephants.
I saw my favorite animal monkey.
People were feeding seals."
- Jenny N., age 9
"Tried to see the giraffae. Eat Breakfast.
We saw the elephants." - Hallee R., age 9
"I saw the giraffe and cranes.
I like the alligator." - Mary M. age 3 (and a half)
Seeing the birds eat. Wathing the graffe,
aligator, zebra. - Laura A., age 8
"I fed the lorikeets. I rode a camel.
Leaning new things is fun." - Dàcynice M., age 7
"I never saw vultures eat before." - Sydnee, age 7
"Tiger ball was something I never saw before." - Jasmine A., age 6
"Played with animal puzzles" - Abbey E., age 4
"Today I watched an elephant get a bath. And I saw
kangaroos chasing each other."
- Annaka L., age 10
"We seen the sharks. I seen the Tapirs.
We seen the elephants." - Alec J., age 10