Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's animals have a ball (or a fishcicle, or a papier-m�ch� beehive, etc.) every year during the annual spotlight on enrichment techniques, Creature Comforts.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 13, visitors can see a variety of animal enrichment demonstrations around the Zoo including ice treat blocks for the rhinos, papier-m�ch� prey for the lions and snow leopards, and puzzle feeders for the baboons and the octopus.
During Creature Comforts visitors can also make an enrichment toy for their pets at home, learn about responsible pet care and see some animals eye to eye with a Get Close encounter. The live animal shows in the Savanna Theater and the Ballarat Theatre also will be enrichment themed for the day.
The Zoo's Animal Care staff uses enrichment techniques on a daily basis to enhance the lives of the animals and keep them healthy both mentally and physically. These techniques can be as simple as putting food in different areas of an environment, which encourages the animals to forage, or as involved as burying a giant salt boulder in the sand like the one that was hidden for the elephants in African Elephant Crossing. Creature Comforts gives the keepers the chance to showcase just how creative and challenging their job can be.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with hours extended to 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Admission is $11 per person, $8 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for children younger than 2 and Zoo members. Parking is free. Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, the Zoo is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 90 and 480.
To learn more, visit clemetzoo.com or call (216) 661-6500.