Enrichment enhances animal welfare and health. It is vital to animal welfare as it stimulates an animal’s senses, curiosity, and desire to manipulate their environment. Enrichment also encourages different natural behaviors that animals might exhibit in a wild environment, such as foraging or scent marking. Enclosures are designed to mimic a very natural habitat, and enrichment helps give the animal choices in their environment: to forage, climb, investigate, or play.
Ideal forms of enrichment are tactile, visual, auditory, food, and olfactory.
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