To stimulate our wildlife both physically and mentally, Animal Ark’s animal keepers are constantly looking for new puzzles or toys to give to animals. In this picture, Kaleb the Canada lynx plays with a potato. For the bears and raccoon, we might drill holes in a PVC pipe, place small food items inside, such as bird seed, and let the animal figure out how to shake the seed out. Other animals may just need to smell something new – so we create a scent trail through their enclosure using animal scents or cheap perfumes!
About the Author: Alex Worsley
Alex joined the Animal Ark team in 2007 as a volunteer after moving to Reno to pursue a Ph.D. in Cognitive and Brain Sciences from UNR. A dedicated husband and father, Alex loves working with the families and school groups that visit Animal Ark. His varied background has aided Animal Ark in formulating safety protocols and dynamic education programs.