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Animal Enrichment Day Saturday at the Montgomery Zoo


Saturday is Animal Enrichment Day at the Montgomery Zoo.

The zoo says enrichment is about tapping into and stimulating its animals' five basic senses: touch, sight, smell, taste and hearing.

This will be the first time the zoo's three jaguar cubs and siamang baby will be participating in enrichment day. Animal Enrichment Day will last from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Complete exhibit schedule:

  • Start time: 10am at the Sloth Bear exhibit in the South American realm.
  • Sloth Bear 10am-10:15am: Mache termite mound (watermelon, roaches, mealworms inside)
  • Squirrel Monkeys 10:15am-10:30am: Hanging jello cubes with zoopreme and fruit
  • Spider Monkeys 10:30am-10:45am: Hanging puzzle feeder: refrigerator box, carpet tubes, avocado, peanut butter, fruit, corn on cob, sheets, old shoe no laces and honey. Hammock: filled with hay. Crystal hangers: fruit, water, sucrose
  • Maned wolves 10:45am-11:00am: Mache termite mound (mice, avocado, roaches, sweet potatoes)
  • Reptiles 11:00am-11:30am: Education reptiles outside; skinks, roaches and salad, turtles-live fish, caiman-feed mice, reticulated python-feeding demo, yellow monitor-phone books filled with insects, Green tree python-feeding demo, Pancake tortoise –salad, Pixie frog-insects. Possibly Spurred tortoise moved near entrance, Keeper Q&A
  • Jaguar 11:30am-11-45am: Mom and cubs: hanging fish, catnip, Keeper Q&A
  • Otters 11:45am-12:00pm (noon): Frozen sheet of fish
  • Cougar 12:00pm (noon)-12:15am: Deer piñata
  • Lions 12:15pm-12:30pm: Zebra piñata
  • Hyenas 12:30pm-12:45pm: Zebra piñata
  • Africa Hoofstock 12:45pm-1:00pm: "Forest" of fresh cut bamboo
  • Siamang 1:00pm-1:15pm: Fruit loop mop (dried fruit), siamang vocals, browse mop
  • Chimps 1:15pm-1:30pm: Chimp piñata, covered in faux fur, Keeper Q&A
  • Elephants 1:30pm-1:45pm: Large boxes towered with treats inside, Keeper Q&A
  • Rhino 1:45pm-2:00pm: Large box, Keeper Q&A
  • Tigers 2:00pm-2:15pm: Bones and blood ball in box
The Montgomery Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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