Buying or making toys for your pet is a normal part of being a pet owner. It makes them happy and keeps them healthy and engaged. Did you know that Disney’s Animal Kingdom does the same thing for their animals? Animal Kingdom guests visiting Rafiki’s Planet Watch are getting to be apart of this very important day-to-day animal care.
Animal enrichment is a way to encourage and stimulate natural behaviors in animals through sight, smell, taste, touch and interaction. Some of these natural behaviors include the rhino’s love of wallowing in mud pools and small mammals natural tendencies to dig and climb. Preserving, encouraging, and challenging the natural instincts of the animals is the main goal of Disney’s enrichment program.
The Science Operations Team will be on hand with recycled and re-purposed materials to make enrichment items that will be given to small mammals and birds inside the Animal Kingdom. Guests at the Wildlife Express station are invited to create items like a puzzle square that keepers can hide seeds in, a colorful hanging decoration for birds and mammals to shred or a small paper-stuffed tube for animals like rabbits to enjoy.
Will you be making an enrichment item on your next visit to Animal Kingdom?
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