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Wed 28 Apr 2010, 6:00pm

Where: Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Rd, Western Springs, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: Emma Timewell

AWIS Auckland presents Zoo Science to be held at the New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine at Auckland Zoo. Entry will be through Gate 2, Motions Road.

Carly Day, Primate Keeper, Auckland Zoo: Eccentric Enrichment

In spite of our best efforts to keep our animals enriched there comes a point where all the pinecones, smears, scatters and boxes blur into one and we stare blankly at our schedules and programs. If we as keepers are bored of the same old behavoiural enrichment over and over, think how bored the animals must be!

Although the enrichment schedules are an essential part of best practice zookeeping, it is important to remember to think outside the box as much as possible and bring something different to the animal’s day. This paper explores some novel ways to enrich captive animals, from the everyday touches to the eccentric.

Lana Judd, Team Leader, New Zealand Fauna, Auckland Zoo: Stress as Enrichment

Stress has long been considered as a negative, something to protect the animals in our care from. It has been shown to contribute to stereotypic behaviours, self-harm and ill health. We tend to go above and beyond to minimise and eliminate stress in order to provide the animals with more opportunities of homeostasis. But are we doing more harm than good? Are we eliminating good stress? Necessary stress? The fight or flight response is embedded in the physiological and psychological aspects of most animals – are we preventing them from exhibiting natural behaviours by eliminating stress? Let us explore stress as a useful tool in achieving a holistic approach to animal enrichment.

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