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Across Audubon Nature Institute, we welcome the first cool breezes of autumn. As guests take note of the great weather and flock to Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, they may be unaware of all the ways our animal experts work to ensure the well-being of animals in their care.
Nutritious diets and routine health examinations are essential, but keepers must also find creative ways to enhance the mental and behavioral health of Audubon’s animals, developing activities to engage the animals and encourage natural behaviors. Whether it’s a new smell, taste or texture, or even a new place to hide a special treat, enrichment enhances the quality of life for animals and helps educate visitors. No matter the approach, enrichment is tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual species.
Perhaps you’ll notice an enrichment item in an exhibit the next time you visit an Audubon attraction. Look for a frozen treat for Aquarium sea otters Buck and Emma, a fascinating box filled with fruit for Casey the gorilla at Audubon Zoo, or even a parade of leafcutter ants carrying colorful bits of rose petal and orange peel at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. We know you’ll enjoy watching and learning from our amazing animals.