Adopt an Animal/Enrichment Day
Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo and Store
13019 Catoctin Furnace Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788
At the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo, the animal care staff actively provides their animals with enrichment. Enrichment can vary and it is provides a stimulating environment for the animals. Why does the animal care staff provide enrichment? For the same reasons parents provide newborns with colorful toys. Families give their dogs bones, children are fascinated by challenging toys and adults seek hobbies. Enrichment can keep animals busy, encourage natural instincts, distract from doing unwanted behaviors, or build motor skills. Enrichment can be done for any animal from insect to human and can also be in many forms that appeal to any of the animal’s senses.
“Environmental enrichment improves or enhances zoo environments for animals, stimulating them to investigate and interact with their surroundings. We enrich animal environments by making changes to structures in their enclosures, present novel objects and smells for them to investigate and explore, and by changing how we present food” says June Bellizzi, Assistant Director of Zoological Affairs.
Come visit CWPZoo Saturday July 14th from 11am – 3pm to learn how the animal care staff enriches the animals in their care, and even learn how you can contribute. The zoo will also be celebrating their Zoo Parents on this day. If you have adopted one of the animals or are interested in doing so, be sure to stop by. The Outpost Pavilion will be reserved for the wonderful Zoo Parents to enjoy light refreshments and have the opportunity to have their picture taken with a few of the education animals! Animal Adoption and Enrichment Day will be a fun-filled day with lots of special offers, and chances to get even more up-close-and personal!
Animal Enrichment Schedule
11:00 am –Come to the Amazon Aviary, this station will be set-up from 11am -3pm for our visitors to create some fun enrichment items for our Macaws and Sun Bears. These items will be displayed later in the day and Sunday, July 15th.
11:30 am – Enrichment will be given to the Sun Bears.
12:30 pm – Special animal encounter and photo opportunity at the Outpost Pavilion.
1:00 pm – Enrichment and keeper talk at the Alligator Bayou.
1:30 pm – Special animal encounter and photo opportunity at the Outpost Pavilion.
3:00 pm – Enrichment and keeper talk at the Ochreata Macaques
The Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo in partnership with Global Wildlife Trust, is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. GWT strives to provide the highest level of competent care for its resident wildlife ambassadors and to support the conservation of their wild counterparts in unspoiled habitats.