Animal Artists


If you follow us on Facebook, you’ve probably noticed the occasional post about animals painting. Some of the our staff members that work in the EARTH Discovery Center have been using painting as an enrichment activity. The role of enrichment is essentially to keep animals stimulated and to promote natural behaviors. We’ve worked with a […]

Happy Birthday Tanzie!


Our youngest chimpanzee, Tanzie, turned 6 years old last week on March 6th. We waited celebrated her big day yesterday since it was finally sunny out! Last year we made paper mache balloons and gift boxes stuffed with assorted treats. This year our zookeepers surprised Tanzie, and the other chimps as well, with snowmen decorated […]

Happy Holidays from the Zookeepers

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Enrichment is an important aspect of caring for animals in captivity. This keeps animals happy and healthy by encouraging natural behaviors and providing mental and physical stimulation. Enrichment can be provided in a variety of ways including: the design of the habitat, novel smells (this past year we discovered that our rhinos are very into […]

Where do our animals go in the winter?

Hyena in Winter

The temperature is getting cooler and we’re approaching the close of the zoo season. The questions we get most frequently this time of year is “Where do your animals go in the winter?” The answer? No, they don’t get sent down south, they stay right here in Mendon, MA. All of our animals stay on […]