Animal Enrichment - People
Animal Care: Zookeepers, Animal Care managers,and Curators develop
and carry out the enrichment plans
The Zoo's librarian helps zookeepers investigating an animal's
natural history while Zoo teachers instruct students, on-grounds
and through distance learning classes about the importance of
Research & Conservation: Zoo scientists help determine if enrichment
plans deliver the intended benefits. Researchers analyze activity
patterns and collect health and reproductive data to measure results.
Veterinary Care: Veterinarians, as the Zoo's nutritionists, approve any
foods used for enrichment purposes. The also help evaluate the
safety and appropriateness of other enrichment techniques.
Horticulture: Many Zoo animals chew on "browse" - fresh branches
from trees and shurbs. For example, rhinos are partial to thorny
acacia branches. Horticulturists help determine which plants approximate
an animal's wild food preferences and help deliver fresh browse
Maintenance: Some enrichment ideas involve a little construction or heavy
lifting. The General Maintenance department offers a hand with building
puzzle-feeders, new perching, and even with re-arranging the "furniture" in an exhibit.