Bird Training and Enrichment at Southwick’s Zoo

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Spring & Fall till October 13, 2014

Photo credit: Raya Sultan Al-Hashmi

Photo credit: Raya Sultan Al-Hashmi


Daily: 11:30am & 2:00pm

July through August
Daily: 11:30am & 2:00pm

Bird Talk is a live animal presentation featuring our feathered friends from around the globe. Both entertaining and educational, Bird Talk demonstrates the natural behaviors of a number of bird species, including an African pied crow, a red-crested turaco, an umbrella cockatoo, conures, and a variety of macaws. This presentation also showcases parrot conservation efforts, training, and enrichment.

 

 

Training and Enrichment

Southwick’s Zoo takes pride in our avian staff and our birds. The birds receive daily care and our bird trainers are always creating new enrichment for them. Enrichment is an important aspect of animal care because it provides them with mental and physical stimulation. It also promotes natural behaviors.

kevin Meet Kevin the red-crested turaco! In this picture he is enjoying a foraging box.

Wild birds spend much of their time looking for food. Providing foraging enrichment for birds in captivity helps keep them occupied and helps them avoid boredom. Bored birds are more likely to engage in destructive activities such as feather plucking.

Click the thumbnails below to see more examples of our bird enrichment.

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