Zoo Animals to Celebrate Independence Day in Style

Palm Beach Zoo
Palm Beach Zoo
July 2, 2013
Keepers will provide Zoo animals with handmade Independence Day-themed enrichments this July 4th.

Zoo keepers at the Palm Beach Zoo are making sure their wild charges experience a Happy Fourth of July along with the rest of the community. Staff members have been tirelessly creating Independence Day-themed enrichment items to present to the American black bears (9 a.m.) and jaguars (9:30 a.m.) at the Zoo on Thursday, July 4th.

This weekend is also about giving back, the Zoo is once again opening its doors to U.S. military personnel who selflessly serve our Country.  The Palm Beach Zoo will be offering all active duty, reserve and retired U.S. military personnel free admission for themselves and up to three guests this Independence Day Weekend – Thursday, July 4 - Sunday, July 7, 2013 – with proper identification. Dependents of service personnel visiting the Zoo will receive a 50% discount off the Zoo’s general admission with proper identification for themselves and up to three guests.

Questions regarding the 2013 Independence Day Weekend admission policy may be directed to the Zoo’s Marketing Office via email at info@palmbeachzoo.org or by calling the Zoo’s main switchboard at (561) 547-WILD (9453).

Independence Day Weekend Highlights

 

Thursday, July 4

Friday, July 5

Saturday, July 6

Sunday, July 7

Pelican Feeding

4 p.m.

4 p.m.

10 a.m.

10 a.m.

Wings Over Water

Free-Flight Bird Show

11 a.m.

11 a.m.

11 a.m.

2 p.m.

11 a.m.

2 p.m.

Jaguar Talk

11:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

Black Bear Keeper Talk & Training Session

12:30 p.m.

12:30 p.m.

12:30 p.m.

12:30 p.m.

Wild Things Show

1 p.m.

1 p.m.

12 p.m.

12 p.m.

Panther Keeper Talk & Training Session

2:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

Malayan Tiger Talk & Training Session

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

3 p.m.

Alligator Encounter

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3:30 p.m.

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Siamang Feeding

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4 p.m.

4 p.m.

 

What is Animal Enrichment?

Environmental enrichment is the process of providing stimulating environments for Zoo animals in order for them to demonstrate their species-typical behavior, to allow them exercise control or choice over their environment, and to enhance their well-being.

Enrichment includes the design of stimulating and naturalistic enclosures, the housing of appropriate social groups in zoos, and the introduction of objects, sounds, smells or other stimuli in the animal’s environment.

Environmental enrichment is just as critical to Zoo animal welfare as nutrition and veterinary medicine. Here at the Zoo, enrichment is an integral part of the daily care of the species in our collection.

Enrichment is provided in a variety of ways, such as:

  • Exhibit Design: provides a variety of substrates, levels, and complexities.
  • Training: interaction with the keeper and proper training allows an animal to choose to participate. This is also useful in gaining the animal's trust and allows the keeper close, visual observations of that animal.
  • Olfactory: a keeper can introduce natural predator or prey scents, in addition to novel smells or pheromone scents.
  • Auditory: taped sounds or vocalizations can simulate things that an animal may hear in the wild.
  • Food Related: this is the most widely used form of enrichment. Keepers can present food in a variety of ways such as in a simple puzzle feeder, hidden throughout the enclosure, scattered about the enclosure, or buried in a substrate. To get the food, the animal must use natural foraging behaviors and/or mentally solve the puzzle.
  • Novel Objects: various items placed in an animal’s enclosure allow the animal to mimic behaviors exhibited in the wild or could challenge them. These items could include burlap bags, sheets, boomer balls, chew toys, or a hammock. Often, novel objects will be combined with food related enrichment. For example, burlap bags may be filled with hay and treats and tied closed. The animal would then have to get into the bag and sort through the hay to get to the treats.

Original Source: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/SCBI/AnimalEnrichment/default.cfm

 

Contact Us

Palm Beach Zoo

1301 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405-3035
(561) 547-9453

Support for the Palm Beach Zoo is provided by:

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.