Enrichment 101

“Is there trash in that exhibit?”

Our prairie dogs love to shred paper products as enrichment, but it can often look like trash is in their exhibit!

That’s a question guests pose often to Zoo staff when they see items they’re not expecting to see in an exhibit, such as a paper bag or cardboard box. While sometimes items do unintentionally find their ways into animal exhibits, the far more likely answer is “no, that is enrichment.”

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Zoo Nutrition


Just as good nutrition is important for humans, it is essential to the health of our animals. The animals in our collection come from different habitats and geographic locations, have different adaptations, and they eat different things. What they all have in common is that they have a dedicated staff caring for them that works to give them the best care possible, including their diets! Here’s a closer look at how we feed all of our animals and everything that goes into their nutrition.

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Our Adopt-An-Animal program at the Zoo benefits everyone! You can symbolically adopt any of the animals that we have here, and the proceeds support animal care, conservation, and education programs. It’s a fun and engaging way to get involved at the Zoo and to learn more about some of you favorite animals!

This is an example of our Protector Adoption Package.

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Bring Us Your Foam to Save Their Home

Recycling is an easy way to help animals and the environment from your own home. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines recycling as, “the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products.”

Conservation is one of our biggest focuses here at the Zoo! This graphic helps to show just how important protecting and improving the environment is to us at the Saginaw Children’s Zoo.

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