Animal enrichment involves providing animals with elements or objects that enhance their environment. These elements work to stimulate the senses and are often made to target specific aspects of an animal’s biology and natural behavior.
Amazon Wish List
You can buy handpicked items from the Animal Care staff that directly benefit the zoo’s animals! EPZ’s Amazon Wish Lists contain everything from animal enrichment items and treats, to medical supplies, and even pieces for their exhibits.
Click here for a requested list of enrichment items. These items help stimulate the minds of our animals, increasing intelligence and positive behaviors.
Click here for a requested list of husbandry items. These items help maintain the care of our animals and their exhibit spaces.
All items will automatically be sent to Elmwood Park Zoo after purchase.
Otto Environmental Wish list
Elmwood Park Zoo’s Otto Environmental Wish List includes many enrichment items for our animals. Enrichment activities ultimately benefit a zoo animal’s welfare by eliciting behavior that the animal would naturally exhibit in the wild.
Click here for a list of items requested by our keeper and education staff members. Items will automatically be sent to Elmwood Park Zoo after purchase.
Commonly used enrichment may include:
Example: Hiding exotic scents throughout a jaguar’s exhibit
Example: Providing a cougar with a bird-shaped piñata full of feed
Example: Creating an exhibit that has various layers and complex paths for a fox to travel through and explore
Example: Grouping different species together that compliment how they exist together in the wild
Example: Floating a block of frozen blood in a river otter’s enclosure
Example: Creating positive associations through training techniques that help to improve animal care