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Posted on: July 25, 2016

Zoo Idaho to Host Enrichment Day

Zoo Idaho Enrichment Day

Zoo Idaho is inviting the public to get an inside look at some of the ways zookeepers keep the more than 100 animals at the zoo happy and healthy. Saturday, July 30, from noon to 3 p.m., Zoo Idaho is hosting it’s first-ever “Enrichment Day.” Enrichment is care techniques that enhance an animal’s environment by providing unique, safe, and creative ways for them to demonstrate their natural behaviors. “Enrichment covers a wide swath of different activities,” said Peter Pruett, Zoo Idaho Superintendent. “It can be everything from building their exhibit in a specific way, to offering them different smells, hiding treats in the exhibit, or giving them a variety of toys to play with. It’s all about keeping their mind and body active. Typically, when you have active animals, you have healthy animals.” On Enrichment Day, visitors to Zoo Idaho will be invited to learn about the ways zookeepers provide stimulus to their resident animals through demonstrations, keeper chats, and educational displays. Enrichment Day is being provided at no additional admission cost to the public. General admission to the zoo is free for ages 0 to 2, $3.75 for ages 3 to 11, $5.75 for ages 12 to 59, and $4.50 for ages 60 and up. A full schedule of Enrichment Day activities can be found zooidaho.org/documents/2016-enrichment-day.pdf. For more information on Zoo Idaho, visit zooidaho.org.

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