American Association of Zoo Keepers
The Redwood Coast Chapter's mission is to support conservation, encourage environmental stewardship, and enhance animal care through enrichment and professional development.
“When animals express their feelings they pour out like water from a spout. Animals' emotions are raw, unfiltered, and uncontrolled. Their joy is the purest and most contagious of joys and their grief the deepest and most devastating. Their passions bring us to our knees in delight and sorrow.”
What is Enrichment?
The AZA Behavior Scientific Advisory Group (BAG) defines enrichment as a dynamic process for enhancing animal environments within the context of the animal’s behavioral biology and natural history. Environmental changes are made with the goal of increasing the animal’s behavioral choices and drawing out their species-appropriate behaviors, thus enhancing animal welfare. The incorporation of enrichment in the daily husbandry practices of the animals cared for in AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums is required by AZA Accreditation Standards . Find out more about enrichment here.
Our Enrichment Wish List
Our chapter has an Amazon wish list of enrichment items that we would like for the animals at the Sequoia Park Zoo. If you would like to donate any of these items to our animals, you can browse our list on Amazon! The animals thank you!
We accept packages at the Sequoia Park Zoo at 3414 W Street, Eureka, CA 95503.
Enrichment Making Parties
We host enrichment making parties where members create new enrichment items for the animals at the Sequoia Park Zoo. Over the years, we have built new swings, ladders, and foraging devices for our primates, made paper mache turkeys to give to the animals on Thanksgiving, and built fire hose balls and puzzle feeders. Keep an eye on our calendar for our next round!
Bat Conservation Table
In October 2012, we offered guests at Sequoia Park Zoo's Boo at the Zoo event the opportunity to make enrichment for our animals. Children were encouraged to decorate paper bags and then place pre-measured treats inside for the animals to enjoy!
Enriching Your Pets at Home
Enrichment isn't just for zoo animals! You can enrich your pets at home in simple ways that can have great impacts on their health and well-being. It can be as simple as bringing home a new toy from the pet store, to taking your dog for a walk on a different path, to placing treats for your cat in a toilet paper tube with folded ends. The goal is to keep your pet from becoming bored and sedentary. Exercise their minds and bodies with enrichment!
Check out these links for more ideas about enriching your pet's environment!