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Environmental Enrichment

Environmental or behavioral enrichment is the process of enhancing an animal's environment to increase their physical activity, fulfill their psychological needs, and encourage engagement in species-typical behavior. Enrichment reduces stress, increases animal welfare, and promotes overall animal health by increasing an animal's perception of control over their environment and introducing novel stimuli into their daily routines. 

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Environmental or behavioral enrichment is the process of enhancing an animal's environment to increase their physical activity, fulfill their psychological needs, and encourage engagement in species-typical behavior. Enrichment reduces stress, increases animal welfare, and promotes overall animal health by increasing an animal's perception of control over their environment and introducing novel stimuli into their daily routines. 

Enrichment is most frequently talked about in the context of captive animal management situations such as zoos and laboratories, but shelters and sanctuaries also utilize complex behavioral husbandry programs to stimulate their residents. Domestic animals, such as livestock from pets, also massively benefit from purposeful enrichment strategies.


ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS     -      ENRICHMENT DOCUMENTS     -      ZOO ENRICHMENT

FELINES     -      CANINES     -      AVIAN     -      AQUATIC     -      HERPS     -      LIVESTOCK     -      SMALL ANIMAL

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ENRICHMENT DESIGN, EFFICACY & ASSESSMENT

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