Twycross Zoo - Follow Your Heart

Opening Times: 10am - 6pm

Charity Heart

Twycross Zoo is a registered charity (number 501841) which exists to support conservation, education and research.

Animal Enrichment

Have you ever been to the zoo and thought ‘why do the elephants have barrels hung up high in their enclosure’, or ‘why are there paper mache piñatas in the primate houses’? These items are called enrichment.

So what is enrichment?

Enrichment increases our animals’ physical and mental activity levels, and encourages natural behaviours such as foraging. Enrichment is also a great way to offer our animals choice and novelty by exciting their five senses.

  • Smell
  • Taste
  • Sight
  • Touch
  • Sound

 

 

 

We spend a lot of time being creative and coming up with new ways to enrich our animals, but more often than not the tried and tested enrichment is always the most popular with our animals! Our monkeys love piñatas filled with straw and food, the leopards enjoy new and interesting scent trails in their exhibit (where we go into their enclosure while they are indoors and we rub something nice and smelly around the branches and rocks), and the elephants love the big barrels that are hung up high as these are filled with some of their favourite foods. The elephants have to reach up high with their trunks to knock the food out!

Items such as the elephants’ barrels and the monkeys’ piñata feeders are given to the animals on a rotation to make sure they are always given new and different enrichment to keep them challenged and stimulated.

Next time you are at the zoo, see if you can spot some of the enrichment items hiding in the animals’ enclosures. We also give our animals themed enrichment for holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Halloween and Christmas.

Do you love seeing the various enrichment activities we do with our animals? Now you can get involved too as we have our very own Amazon Wish List account. Take a look at some of the items you can purchase here that will then be donated to us to use as enrichment for a huge variety of our animals.

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Animal Experiences

Would you like to get even closer to some of the animals at Twycross Zoo? With our range of animal experiences, you can make a great day out even more memorable. Why not give one as a gift?

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Adopt an Animal

An Animal Adoption is the perfect gift for all animal lovers. Each adoption helps support Twycross Zoo’s conservation work worldwide, as well as help care for our animals at the zoo.

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