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!
Celebrate Enrichment Day at the National Zoo on Saturday, Sept. 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.
Enrichment and training themed activities, games, and interactive demonstrations will occur near the Elephant Community Center between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Formal demonstrations, talks, and special enrichment treats will be held around the Zoo between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.