Environmental Enrichment

Changes you make to an animal's habitat that help bring about natural behaviors such as exploration, hunting, and foraging.  These changes can be as simple as removing a plant and rearranging rocks, or as complex as the addition of a new climbing structure.

Environmental enrichment also includes items such as toys and other novel items that are added to the exhibit to create unique puzzles for the animals to solve or manipulate.


RAJA SHELDUCK on a floating nest box made from recycled materials
CROWNED CRANE cooling off in a permanent water feature on the Veldt
Education OPOSSUM playing in a large cardboard tube
ELEPHANT stepping on a toy given on exhibit
Female CHEETAH with hard plastic toys
IGUANA hanging out in a swing made from a recycled tire
Male MANED WOLF enjoying a Kong toy stuffed with peanut butter
RED RIVER HOGS digging into treats that were inside a paper mache ball
SOUTH AFRICAN PENGUINS investigating a donated toy

  • Raja Shelduck
  • Crowned Crane
  • Opossum
  • Elephant
  • Cheetah
  • Iguana
  • Maned Wolf
  • Red River Hogs
  • Penguins