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Keepers play Easter Bunny with enrichment.

Zoo Animals Receive Easter Treats on Sunday

Chimps enjoying papier-mâché enrichment eggs. Photo courtesy of ABQ BioPark.

March 29, 2013

On Sunday, March 31, visit the ABQ BioPark Zoo from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. to watch the primates, carnivores (including cats) and other animals discover new and interesting Easter-themed enrichment. Treats and toys are hand-prepared by zookeepers and filled with each animal's favorite snacks.

Primates will find rice crispy treat trees, jello jigglers and Easter baskets in their exhibit. The big cats will have papier-mâché eggs, paper bags and decorated boxes; and some of the smaller carnivores will get boiled eggs and jello eggs.

"Enrichment items offer new activities, edibles and unusual items the zoo animals don't encounter on a daily basis," said Debbie Weise, Primate Supervisor. "Enrichment helps break animal routines, stimulate natural behavior and encourage mental activity."

Enrichment items can be both entertaining and edible. Items include papier-mâché toys, egg-shaped cereal bars, frozen treats, painted boxes, gelatin molds and, of course, hard-boiled dyed eggs. Items are often enhanced with fruit, peanut butter, popcorn, meat or other food, according to the species.

Guests are encouraged to show up early to watch enrichment activities before the items are opened and eaten. Enrichment activities are included with regular Zoo admission. For more information, email [email protected] or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).

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