Enrichment Days are popular at zoos and animal sanctuaries all over the world. They're an opportunity to let the animals have a little extra fun with activities that are stimulating and entertaining. In 2013 Monarto Zoo is holding its first Westpac Enrichment Day--a tradition that Adelaide Zoo has had for a number of years. heading to the Open Range zoo is fun on any day of the year, but the Westpac Enrichment Day will let you see the animals in a whole new light.
The idea behind enrichment days is that animals in zoos live a fairly repetitive life. They don't have the same day to day experiences that animals in the wild have. So enrichment days offer opportunities for them to challenge themselves mentally and physically in the search for food and fun. Often enrichment days involve giving animals toys, food, or puzzles to make their experience more rewarding. These days are a great opportunity for visitors to see some of the work that workers do to improve the lives of animals living in zoos. For an idea of some of the things you can expect, check out this video from the Zoological Society of London.
The animals will be given their enrichment treats throughout the day; starting with the giraffes and ending with the cheetahs. There's a short break at lunch from 12:30 till 2:10.
Monarto Zoo is the largest open range zoo in the Southern Hemisphere. It's a great opportunity to see these animals as they live in more natural conditions with more room to roam. To visit on enrichment day you'll just have to pay the regular entry price; if you're a zoo member you'll get free entry.