Animal Enrichment

Enrichment is any object given to an animal that encourages a species specific natural behavior. Thoughtfully designed enrichment encourages animals to exercise both their bodies and their minds.


Enrichment includes the design of stimulating enclosures, the housing of appropriate social groups, and the introduction of objects, sounds, smells or other stimuli in the animal’s environment.


Each animal in our collection receives enrichment daily in accordance with a carefully planned enrichment calendar. Environmental enrichment is just as critical to Zoo animal welfare as nutrition and veterinary medicine. 



 Association of Zoos and Aquariums Happy Hollow FoundationSpecies Survival Plan