Distinctive Enrichment for Cheetahs and Elephants


By Keepers Anna Miller & Emily Meyer

Enrichment is a vital a part of the day by day care we offer to our animals. It’s something the zookeepers add to the animals’ environments to stimulate their senses and elicit pure behaviors reminiscent of foraging, exploration, searching, problem-solving, and even play. Every species’ particular person wants are thought-about when designing enrichment actions!

Not too long ago, elephant and cheetah keepers got here collectively to supply distinctive enrichment to each animals! When elephants have been nonetheless inside for the day, keepers introduced Donni the cheetah into the empty elephant yard! This enjoyable enrichment exercise allowed him to odor the scent of the elephants and discover their house.

Whereas Donni was within the yard, he sniffed and rolled round on the bottom as well- he had a good time! Whereas this was enjoyable for Donni, he was additionally forsaking smells for the elephants to take pleasure in!

As soon as Donni was safely again at his house, the elephants might come out and discover the smells he left of their yard. A enjoyable enrichment exercise that advantages each species 😊

Elephants are very scent oriented, having a greater sense of odor than a bloodhound! Scent enrichment is essential to our day by day routine for the elephants, and it helps hold their habitats new and stimulating.

The novel scent of a cheetah having been of their yard was positively enriching. Donni walked and rolled across the yard, placing his scent throughout, and the elephants seen.

As quickly because the elephants got here out, they instantly went to the big tire that Donnie had jumped in. All of the elephants vocalized and got here collectively to research the brand new scent. Mai Thai and Jati each have been following the scent trails that Donnie left behind. It was an enrichment success, each for Donnie, the elephants, AND the keepers concerned.


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