The Benefits of Visitor Assisted Enrichment Activities


Enrichment, when done properly, can be an effective way to engage both animals and visitors. At Southwick’s Zoo we occasionally allow zoo visitors to participate in an animal’s care through closely directed enrichment activities. These interactions not only enhance the lives of our animals, but also leave visitors with a memorable one of a kind experience. […]

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 […]