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