Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



Enrichment Day

Enrichment Day

Event Details

When: September 10, 2016

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

How does the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute keep all 1,800 animals engaged, happy, and healthy? Enrichment!

By providing unique forms of stimulation, such as jolly balls, climbing structures, and puzzle feeders, animals are given a safe and creative outlet to demonstrate their natural behaviors. Along with naturalistic enclosures and proper socialization, these introduced objects, sounds, smells, and other stimuli enhance Zoo animals' well-being. From one-on-one training exercises to novel scents, enrichment is an integral part of how the Zoo cares for its animals every day!

Join us in celebrating Enrichment Day at the National Zoo on Saturday, September 10! Zoo patrons will have the opportunity to attend demonstrations, participate in training and enrichment activities, and talk to animal keepers about why enrichment is such an important part of the everyday care of Zoo animals.

Want to support the Zoo's enrichment program?  Donate to the Giving Tree Fund, or purchase an item from the FONZ Animal Enrichment Wish List!