Animal welfare story
The zoo runs a daily behavioral enrichment program for animals.
On the Day of Behavioral Enrichment, observe the behavior of animals through videos taken by zookeepers.
Introduction to Behavioral Enrichment Program
Behavioral enrichment is an animal husbandry principle that seeks to enhance the quality of captive animal care in the limited space of a zoo
by identifying and providing the environmental stimuli necessary for optimal psychological and physiological well-being. Enrichment program was developed to increase desirable and normal behaviors for a given species and to decrease undesirable behavior,
while reducing stress and therefore promotes overall encourage species appropriate behaviors,
from finding food, to guarding territories and avoiding predators to settling down. Types of enrichment programs are as follows, and more than two types can be overlapped in application.
The program enriches or enhances the level of physical and social stimulation provided by the captive environment.
Outdoor field built for orangutans
The most widely used enrichment gives a variety of ways for animals to eat food. Keepers can present an animal's normal diet as well as new food items in a variety of ways such as in a puzzle feeder, hidden, buried or scattered throughout the enclosure, or in frozen ice treats.
Giant anteater hunting ants in trees with its long tongue
The program stimulates the animal’s social behaviors and feelings.
Meerkats in social groups
The program aims to enrich any of the five senses, sight, sound, touch, smell and taste.
Lions rolling in elephants’ and elands’ dung
The program provides opportunities for animals to stimulate and improve cognitive skills, related to the animal’s wellbeing.
Orangutans experiencing newness with new objects
The program aims to make the environment more playful, activity-filled and stress-free.
Tigers at play with balls
Positive Reinforcement Training in a Zoo Setting
Positive reinforcement training is used to condition the animals,
for repeated positive appraisals “controlled experimental conditions” in most animals result in positive behaviors. By offering what the animal like (food, petting or playing, etc.),
the zoo keeper can increase his chances of more easily controlling its behaviors The trained animal would, for example, voluntarily take part in its health check-up.