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Saturday is zoo Animal Enrichment Day

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The Montgomery Zoo is planning to welcome visitors Saturday for Animal Enrichment Day. The event takes place from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

You can tour the Zoo with the zoo staff as they introduce new stimuli to the animals in their various habitats. Animal enrichment takes place every day at the Montgomery Zoo, but organizers say twice per year they open the festivities to the public.   

What is animal enrichment all about? 

Zoo organizers say animal enrichment is the process of introducing new things to an animal's surroundings and environment. This new stimuli provides mental and physical stimulation to the animals, and that in turn encourages natural and healthy behavior. 

It is a positive experience for animals to adapt to change and the introduction of new items in their surroundings. 

Year-round, enrichment is occurring unannounced throughout the exhibits, but the Zoo devotes two days a year showing the public what enrichment is all about.

For the 2012 Winter Enrichment Day, sixteen exhibits – including tigers, lion, bears, elephants, chimpanzees, rhino and more – will showcase many different forms of enrichment, from box with treats in the black bear exhibit to the Otters getting live food.  

Zoo hours and admission:  The City of Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum are open daily from 9:00am to 5:30pm., the last admission tickets are sold and major animal exhibits begin closing at 4:30pm. 

Discount combo admission to both Zoo and Mann Museum are: Adults: $14.00, Children 3-12 yrs. old $10.00 and Children 2 yrs. And younger are FREE.  Zoo only admission is $10.00 for adults, senior citizens 65+ $9.00 and children ages 3 to 12 yrs. old is $7.00.  Montgomery Zoo members and children 2 yrs. and younger are admitted FREE.   

The Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum are located off the Northern Blvd, between Coliseum Blvd and Lower Wetumpka Road.  The address for the Montgomery Zoo is 2301 Coliseum Parkway Montgomery, AL 36110.


For more information, please call (334) 240-4900 or visit our web site www.montgomeryzoo.com.  Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and My Space.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Montgomery Zoo

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