Minnesota Zoo Grizzly Bears to Offer Smashing Good Time
Apple Valley, MINN – October 31, 2013 – The three grizzly bears at the Minnesota Zoo, “Sadie,” “Kenai,” and “Haines” will receive a few oversized Halloween treats this morning – giant pumpkins! Their curiosity toward these huge pumpkins – estimated to weigh a few hundred pounds apiece – will (likely) lead to an orange smashing fest.
Pumpkins are just one form of enrichment for Minnesota Zoo animals. Animals in zoos have different opportunities for physical and mental stimulation than wild animals, so zookeepers provide them with objects or changes to their environment that will stimulate the behaviors of healthy wild animals. Enrichment gives animals new things to think about, encourages exercise, and gives them a degree of control of their environment by giving them choices. Zookeepers provide different types of enrichment to stimulate all of the senses and encourage a wide range of natural behaviors. Categories of enrichment include foods and feeding, sensory, novel objects, environmental, and behavioral/social.
The grizzly bears are located along Russia’s Grizzly Coast.