Dietary Enrichment

Includes any device that involves food in any way.  This incorporates presenting varied or novel food types or changing the method of food delivery.  Keepers present food in different ways - puzzle feeders, scattered in the enclosure or hidden in different substrates.  Animals must use foraging behaviors and/or mental puzzle solving skills in order to get the food.  By presenting various types of food or delivering the food in different ways stimulates natural behaviors that they would use in the wild.

Check out the dietary enrichment photos below!

AFRICAN GREY with a fruit and veggie kabob on a bell
ANKOLE CATTLE family enjoying some bamboo browse on exhibit
BLACK RHINO checking out some alfalfa placed on a toy
CROWNED CRANES hunting crickets that are jumping out of the plastic box and paper towel roll
Male SILVERBACK GORILLA enjoying milk donated by Hiland Dairy
Male SLOTH BEAR, Thor, chewing on bamboo browse given to him on exhibit
MILITARY MACAW getting bread, which is a novel food item for him.  He likes to dip it in water!
A keeper feeding an ALLIGATOR a white rat
WHITE FACED SAKI getting treats out of a hanging crate

  • African Grey
  • Ankole Cattle
  • Black Rhino
  • Crowned Cranes
  • Silverback Gorilla
  • Sloth Bear
  • Alligator
  • White Faced Saki