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Zoo visitors create enrichment objects for animals

EUREKA- The Sequoia Park Zoo celebrated National Zoo Keeper Week Wednesday by inviting visitors to create enrichment objects for the animals.

Enrichment objects are given to animals to keep them active and engaged. They can be made out of cardboard or paper, and contain food inside. According to zoo keepers, the objects help bring a change to the animals’ daily lives and promote well-being.

Children at the zoo Wednesday were able to take part in keeping the animals healthy by painting and decorating their own objects for the animals. Those objects created by the visitors will be given to the animals on Saturday.

But if you didn’t have a chance to make it out to the zoo on Wednesday, zoo officials say you can make enrichment objects for your animals at home.

“You can put your dog's food in a old empty cereal box and let him tear it apart,” said Amanda Austin, Animal Care Supervisor at the Sequoia Park Zoo. “It just makes life more fun for animals so, you can do it at home.”

The zoo is also holding a “Jeans for Giraffes” drive this week to raise money for giraffe conservation. Visitors who bring a pair of jeans to the zoo’s ticket booth have a chance to win a behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo.