Enrichment In Zoos And Aquariums

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Zoos and aquariums are some of the most fun and educational places to visit. However its rare to see just how much care and work goes into keeping animals happy and healthy. The number one goal for any zoo or aquarium should be the wellbeing of its inhabitants. With advancements in research on enrichment and 3d printing in veterinary care, this field is taking steps to provide animals with care even better than before. Enrichment is an incredibly important when it comes to overall health and wellbeing of an animal. Enrichment is anything that provokes natural behavior by mental or physical stimulus. This is common practice in most zoological facilities and is primarily provided for mammals and birds. However recent research suggest that enrichment could be beneficial for reptiles and amphibians. Reptiles and amphibians have been stereotyped as rather simple minded with little personality and minimal care needs According to Burghardt “One study did formally study the effects of enrichment in altering the behavior of yearling rat snakes (Pantherophis) (Almli and Burghardt, 2006). We used 16 snakes from two clutches of eggs from both yellow ratsnakes and black ratsnakes. Half of each clutch were raised with more complex environments with substrate for burrowing and branches for climbing and fed live mice; the other half were raised in standard situations with dead prey, no climbing opportunities, and a solid substrate. The sizes of the enclosures were the same for both groups.
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