EnrichBits: A monthly look at animal enrichment
If you’ve been enjoying learning about animal enrichment from these EnrichBits posts, you’ll definitely want to mark your calendars to come out to the Museum on Saturday, October 11 for our Wild About Animals event. Besides all the great activities focusing on our museum animals (meeting our farmyard veterinarian, reptile programs, behind the scenes tours, animal first aid, Hawk Talks and much more), we’ll be focusing on all things ENRICHMENT at Bear Overlook. You’ll be able to see and touch many of the toys we use for the bears (and check out the claw and tooth marks in them!) and help make them a fire hose hammock. Hiding food in pine cones and making the bears hunt around for them in the yard is really enriching for them, so you’ll be able to help make peanut butter and birdseed pine cones for the bears. We’ll also have a station where you have to test your nose against a bear’s nose. We use a lot of scents to help make their environment more interesting. The bears can smell scents from miles away, but can you identify some common scents even when they are right under your nose?
Check out Wild About Animals Day in more detail. Hope to see you there!