POSTED: Friday, June 22, 2012 - 5:30am
UPDATED: Friday, June 22, 2012 - 5:34am
Baton Rouge, La — Join BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo on Saturday, June 23 for Frozen Safari, a day filled with animal enrichments and educational programs. Learn about animal enrichment and what your Zoo does to promote animal wellness on a daily basis.
Animal enrichment is anything that encourages an animal’s natural behavior. Zookeepers perform several activities to bring certain animal behaviors up to the frequency they would occur in the wild. An example of animal enrichment at the Baton Rouge Zoo is the twice daily elephant demonstrations where the Zoo’s two Asian elephants sit, climb and lift objects, all behaviors they would exhibit in the wild. Another summertime enrichment is freezing an animal’s food in blocks of ice. For example, keepers will freeze fish and place the blocks of ice in the otter pond. The ice is a treat in the hot summer months, and the otter must work harder for its food, as it would in the wild.
On this action-packed day, visitors will enjoy keeper talks, Wildlife Safari Amphitheatre programs at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. as well games and crafts. Regular Zoo admission applies.