When: Wednesday, March 27
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Smithsonian's National Zoo
This event is free and open to the public
Enrichment day will be held rain or shine
Ever wonder how the Smithsonian's National Zoo keeps all 2,000 animals engaged, happy, and healthy? Then join Zoo keepers and animals in celebrating Enrichment Day: Something for Everyone! Enrichment is an integral part of how the Zoo cares for its animals every day. In fact, it's just as important as nutrition and veterinary medicine! Why?
At Enrichment Day, visitors can watch animal enrichment demonstrations, talk with keepers and FONZ volunteers, and participate in family-oriented games and crafts. They'll also get to see and explore enrichment that is only used behind-the-scenes.
This FREE, family-friendly event takes place March 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be held rain or shine.
To see the full list of activities, click on the Activity Schedule below.
|10 a.m.||Small mammal enrichment and keeper talk (Small Mammal House)|
|10 a.m.||Red river hog enrichment (Cheetah Conservation Station red river hog exhibit)|
|10:15 a.m.||River otter enrichment and keeper Q&A (American Trail river otter exhibit|
|10:30 a.m.||Lemur food enrichment and keeper talk (Lemur Island)|
|10:30 a.m.||Cheetah feeding (Cheetah Conservation Station)|
|10:30 a.m.||Asian small-clawed otter enrichment (Asia Trail Asian small-clawed otter exhibit)|
|10:45 a.m.||Elephant enrichment and keeper q&A (Inside the Elephant Community Center)|
|10:50 a.m.||Fishing cat enrichment (Asia Trail fishing cat exhibits)|
|11 a.m.||Bird enrichment (Indoor flight room inside Bird House)|
|11 a.m.||Cheetah lure course session (Cheetah Conservation Station)|
|11 a.m.||Orangutan given O-line access (O-line)|
|11 a.m.||Help groom a goat or donkey (Kids' Farm Caring Corral)|
|11 a.m.||Andean bear enrichment (Andean bear exhibit)|
|11 a.m.||Lion and/or tiger enrichment (Great Cats Circle)|
|11 a.m.||Elephant training demo and trek walk (Elephant Outpost)|
|11:10 a.m.||Clouded leopard training demo (Asia Trail clouded leopard exhibit)|
|11:15 a.m.||Giant river fish enrichment (First floor of Amazonia)|
|11:30 a.m.||Gorilla training session (Great Ape House)|
|11:30 a.m.||Sloth bear demo and keeper talk (Asia Trail sloth bear exhibit)|
|11:45 a.m.||Baby Cuban crocodile target training (Reptile Discovery Center Cuban crocodile exhibit)|
|12:15 p.m.||Primate enrichment (Amazonia Amazon forest exhibit)|
|12:30 p.m.||Octopus enrichment (Invertebrates exhibit)|
|12:45 p.m.||Caiman lizard target training and enrichment (Reptile Discovery Center Caiman lizard exhibit)|
|1 p.m.||Rhea enrichment (Outdoor Bird House rhea exhibit)|
|1:15 p.m.||Orangutan research demo (Think Tank)|
|1:30 p.m.||Elephant enrichment (Inside and outside of Elephant Community Center)|
|1:30 p.m.||Help groom a goat or donkey (Kids' Farm Caring Corral)|
|1:30 p.m.||Andean bear enrichment (Andean bear exhibit)|
|1:30 p.m.||Lion and/or tiger enrichment (Great Cats Circle)|
|1:30 p.m.||Vulture enrichment (Oryx/gazelle exhibit)|
|1:30 p.m.||Giant panda enrichment and keeper talk (Asia Trail giant panda exhibit)|
|1:45 p.m.||Green tree monitor enrichment (Reptile Discovery Center green tree monitor exhibit)|
|2 p.m.||Small mammal enrichment and keeper talk (Small Mammal House)|
|2 p.m.||Goliath tarantula live feeding (Invertebrate House)|
|2 p.m.||Maned wolf enrichment (Maned wolf exhibit)|
|2 p.m.||Grey wolf enrichment and keeper Q&A (American Trail grey wolf exhibit)|
|2 p.m.||Gibbon food enrichment and keeper talk (Gibbon ridge)|
The above activities are subject to change.