Potawatomi Zoo holds Easter-themed animal enrichment day

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The zoo keepers at the Potawatomi Zoo hosted an animal enrichment day Saturday.

The event was for children to make Easter baskets for the animals.

The baskets included nuts, popcorn and rice cereal and strips of paper. On Sunday, the zoo keepers will give these baskets to some of the animals and they will have to work their brains in order to enjoy the treats.

“In the wild, animals have to forage for their food every single day," explained Rachel Rogers, Special Event Coordinator, Potawatomi Zoo. "But at a zoo, they're fed multiple times a day. So by giving them enrichment like this, they're able to illicit some of those natural behaviors that they would have to utilize in the wild like foraging and digging and searching for different kinds of foods and snacks.”

The zoo is hosting an Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. Sunday for the chimpanzees.

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