Renovations to the leopard den and yard are underway. The Amur leopard Sofiya has been moved to another behind-the-scenes location while this work takes place and will not be spotted by guests until the project is complete.
The inside of the Tundra Buggy at Polar Bear Watch is currently closed for renovation. The animals at Polar Bear Watch will still viewable from other vantage points throughout the project.
The Tree habitat in the Maryland Wilderness area is closed for renovation until spring. The reptiles and amphibians inside the tree, such as wood turtles and Eastern tiger salamanders, will not be viewable during this time. The giant tree slide can still be accessed by the stairs outside of the tree but may be closed at some times.
Come to the Zoo for a day of special animal enrichment! Watch as the Zoo’s animals receive Valentine’s Day treats, including ice treats and paper mache toys, and listen as zookeepers explain the importance of enrichment activities.
10:30 – Lions
11:00 – Otter/Bobcat
11:30 – Polar Bear/Grizzlies (During keeper chat)
1:30 – Leopard
1:45 – Porcupine and/or Cheetah
2:00 – Farmyard
2:30 – Chimp
What is Enrichment?
Animal Enrichment is any item or activity designed to stimulate an animal’s instincts and encourage natural behaviors. Enrichment is specifically developed for each species by a team of behavioral specialists. These activities and objects enhance the care keepers provide the animals, by adding variety to their daily routines and ensuring each animal is both physically and mentally stimulated.
On Enrichment Days, keepers give the animals special enrichment treats made by Zoo volunteers, but you can give enrichment any day! Donate an enrichment item from the Zoo’s enrichment wish list.