One of the important activities for our animal care staff is providing opportunities for enrichment, or physical and mental stimulation, to all the animals in our care. This can be some in the form of food hidden around the habitats, smells such as perfume or spices placed in strategic locations or “toys” that can be manipulated. While all the animals benefit in some way from enrichment, our guests seem to most identify with the activities of the primates. It seems that we see a bit of ourselves when we are watching the primates play.
Yesterday, I was in the Zoo enjoying a beautiful October afternoon when I came across our olive baboons making creative use of an empty wire roll. Click here to watch the snippet of video I was able to capture!
- Larry Sorel, County Zoo Director