Our zookeepers have been making behavioral enrichment items for our animals for years – now, for the first time, you can join us in creating them!
Join us for our first Animal Enrichment Workshop on April 2, 2018 from 3:00 – 4:30PM! As a celebration of World Penguin Day, we will be crafting penguin-themed enrichments to be placed in exhibits on April 21, 2018. How cool will it be to see an animal enjoying the enrichment item you created for them?
The enrichment item we will be creating is a penguin-shaped cardboard box that can be filled with fun treats, enticing scents, feathers, and more. These enrichment items can be added to most exhibits, especially Otters, Penguins, and Raccoon.
Join us for an afternoon of child-friendly fun for the whole family! Your $25 ticket also includes a daytime zoo admission pass to come back and see your enrichment items in an exhibit on April 21 at 12:30 PM.
All proceeds from this fundraiser workshop will go toward the purchasing of Critter Resistant Kelp for otter and penguin exhibits (cost: $350).
Only 35 spots available – this event is sure to sell out! Order your tickets today!
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.
You can join the team and buy items hand-picked by our keeper staff which directly benefit the Lehigh Valley Zoo animals!