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Keeper Brittany shows you the process of making a simple spice bag enrichment for Smalls bobcat and the behaviors that follow after she is given her toy.
What is Enrichment? “Environmental enrichment is an animal husbandry principle that seeks to enhance the quality of captive animal care by identifying and providing the environmental stimuli necessary for optimal psychological and physiological well-being.” - Second Nature - Environmental Enrichment of Captive Animals.
All cats need enrichment. Different species have different natural behaviors and respond best to enrichment suited to their instincts.
Ways to enrich the cats: Provide the animal with; a natural habitat, choices (such as when/what/where to eat/sleep/etc.), control (it’s their habitat), and stimuli (something to do).
WHY: Wild animals cannot fully exhibit their natural behaviors in captivity. This can lead to unwanted psychological states such as boredom and aggression. It is our mission to give our permanent residents the best life possible in captivity. This includes striving for optimal mental and physical states.