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← Animal Care and Well-Being at the Academy

How enrichment programs at the Academy of Sciences of California are an integral part of daily animal care, helping to reinforce bonding between the animals and their carers.

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  2. Enrichment and training programs
  3. are ingrained in the work
    that we do every day.
  4. They're not extras,
    they're not if we have time,
  5. they are the baseline for animal care,
    here at the Academy.
  6. We have 38,000 animals under our care,
  7. everything from leafcutter ants
    to American alligator, to sharks.
  8. That looks different
    for everyone.
  9. You're not going to have the same program
    for an octopus than a leafcutter ant.
  10. But we do take
    all of their needs and conditions
  11. that need to be met for them
    to really thrive into consideration.
  12. So, everything from naturalistic exhibits
    and mixed-species exhibits
  13. to formal training programs,
  14. where we're focusing
    on specific behaviors,
  15. is to provide a lot of choices
    within the environments
  16. for the animals to choose from
    on a daily basis.
  17. Each one has its personality.
  18. In fact, that's one of the easiest ways
    we can distinguish between who's who.
  19. Some of them are a little more shy,
    Some will come up to you right away.
  20. Some will hang out
    with you the whole time.
  21. Getting in with them is
    probably the highlight of my week.
  22. The minute we get in,
    we're just surrounded by them,
  23. whether they want
    a little scratch on the nose
  24. or to be kind of pet on the head.
  25. They like that interaction,
    even when there's no treat.
  26. We not only take care of the rays,
    we monitor their diets.
  27. We'll put different objects
    in their habitat
  28. just to keep things different.
  29. In the wild, their habitat would be
    constantly changing,
  30. and that keeps their mind moving,
    active and curious.
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  32. Every morning, we do enrichment
    during the feeding programs.
  33. For the scale training,
    they're stepping up onto the scale.
  34. We can see
    if their weight is fluctuating.
  35. For they can't talk to us,
    we don't know if they're not feeling well,
  36. if they're getting sick,
    so weight decreases and eating less food
  37. is really important for us
    to talk to our vet
  38. and see what he thinks might be going on.
  39. Enrichment can be anything
  40. from putting logs and rocks
    in the exhibit, or nesting material.
  41. I'll hand it out
    and they'll grab it with their beak
  42. and then bring it back to their nest.
  43. We want to have changes in there,
    something new in their environment
  44. or that stimulates their brain
    in a certain way.
  45. The enrichment's definitely important
    for our personal relationship,
  46. so they can trust me more,
    I can trust them a little bit more.
  47. They know that I'm not trying
    to hurt them.
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  49. Training is really building a language
    between you and an animal.
  50. We can't ask them questions,
  51. so we have to find a way
    to communicate with each other
  52. to identify what we want from them
    and what they want and need from us, too.
  53. It allows us to actually
    move them back and forth
  54. between their night quarters,
  55. and, when they're on exhibit
    during the day, in the Rainforest.
  56. Another example of their training program
    is nail trimming or clippings.
  57. That's a routine part of their care
  58. and makes veterinary exams
    a little easier.
  59. Other programs include some fun,
  60. and with macaws it's usually
    related to chewing and food.
  61. They're natural chewers,
  62. they forage all day long in the forests
    looking for fruits and seeds and nuts.
  63. So we give them browse
    that we cut out of the Rainforest.
  64. I also love giving them puzzle toys,
  65. so I actually hide parts of their food,
    or treats like nuts,
  66. in items that they have to manipulate
  67. and try to figure out
    how to get them out of.
  68. That's really good stimulation for them.
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  70. It's really fantastic.
  71. Having to problem solve,
    to make sure that the animals in your care
  72. are truly receiving
    the highest quality care
  73. is really exciting,
  74. and then to also be able to turn around
    and share that with our guests,
  75. to really let these
    ambassador animals shine through
  76. to educate and inspire everybody.
  77. It really reinforces the idea that,
    as living organisms, we're all connected,
  78. we have so much in common,
    and we're really not that different.
  79. We all care about
    where we're going to get our food,
  80. do we have shelter,
    all those important things.
  81. It's really not different
    for all of these creatures, too.
  82. Watching that every day
    kind of reestablishes that connection,
  83. for me, to the rest of the living world.
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