Seasonal Special Happenings

What is "Animal Enrichment"?

When: Sat., Aug. 13 2011

Humans aren't the only critters whose health and happiness depend on exercise. Although they don't have to worry about reality television rotting their brains, the animals at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo need the opportunity to stretch their abilities just as much as we do. Luckily, their caretakers know all about it: Today we can watch as the residents receive that much-needed enrichment. As part of the zoo's Creature Comforts program, visitors will get the chance to see the animals do some crazy things — like finding treats hidden inside ice blocks or stalking papier mâché prey. The animal enrichment demonstrations run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; meantime, live animal shows will help explain why sloth bears crave excitement just as much as you do. In addition to the Creature Comforts program, today is also Cans for Conservation Day: Bring in your aluminum cans to benefit elephant research and conservation projects in southern Africa. As always, adult admission is $11, with discounted prices for members and children. — Hayden 3900 Wildlife Way, 216-661-6500,

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