Animal Enrichment Day
Saturday, July 26
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Celebrate National Zoo Keepers Week by joining the Brookfield chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) to discover the ins and outs of enrichment, which includes tools and techniques that let the animals interact with their surroundings for mental and physical stimulation.
All Zoo Chats for the day will be discussing enrichment and (during many of the chats) enrichment will be given to the animals.
- 10:30 a.m. - Enrichment to Penguins (Living Coast)
- 11:00 a.m. - Piñatas to Lion, Tiger, Sloth Bear (Big Cats walkway)
- 11:30 a.m. - Piñata to Bears (Great Bear Wilderness)
- 12:00 p.m. - Training as Enrichment (Pinniped Point)
- 12:00-1:00 p.m. - Grass Flat Planting for Animals (Hamill Family Play Zoo*)
- 12:30 p.m. - Harvest and Enrichment to Orangutans, Otters, Gibbons (Tropic World: Asia)
- 1:00 p.m. - Pinatas to Warthogs (Habitat Africa! The Savannah)
- 1:30 p.m. - Enrichment to Condors (located behind Feathers & Scales)
- 2:00 p.m. - Pinatas to Tapir and Pygmy Hippo (Pachyderm House)
- 2:30 p.m. - Pinatas to Camels (Hoofed Animals)
- 3:00 p.m. - Pinatas to Aardvark (Habitat Africa! The Savannah)
- 3:30 p.m. - Pinatas to Rhino (Pachyderm House)
From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., there will be hands-on activities throughout the zoo to help guests learn more about enrichment. Hands-on activities include:
- Puzzle feeder station by the rhinos (Pachyderm House)
- Timed feeder station by the rhinos (Pachyderm House)
- Fishing for “termites” station (Tropic World exit)
- Foraging station (in front of Big Cats)
- Bird toy making station (outside Reptiles and Birds)
- Pet enrichment station (outside Hamill Family Play Zoo)
- Enrichment idea station (outside Hamill Family Play Zoo)
- Scent guessing station by the warthogs (Habitat Africa! The Savannah)
- Food as enrichment station by the warthogs (Habitat Africa! The Savannah)
- Sensory Station (Australia House)
- Bear Enrichment (Great Bear Wilderness underwater viewing)
Plus, all day there will be paper mache creations for animals in the Hamill Family Play Zoo* workshop station.
*Additional fee required and while supplies last.