Panda Updates – Wednesday, March 4
With each enrichment activity or item offered, the Panda Care Team has a specific goal in mind. Certain enrichment might create a puzzle the pandas can try to solve to mentally challenge them. Other things might be novel foods, new smells, or simply something they can roll around and play with. Sometimes, despite well thought-out goals, the animals decide to use their enrichment in a completely different way, which when you think about it, is an enriching experience in itself. When recently giving Yang Yang a large tunnel, for example, the goal was to have Yang Yang use his great sense of smell to locate the biscuits we hid under it. Instead, he decided it was a fun place to eat a snack!
Keeper II, Mammals