Enrichment activities: a Must for the Zoo!

Zoo de Granby implemented the concept of animal enrichment activities in the early 2000s. This part of our zookeepers’ job is very important because it contributes greatly to improving the health and well-being of our animals.

In a zoo context, the physical and psychological health of our animals is strongly linked to a rich and stimulating environment. This is why it is essential to find ways to enrich the daily activities of as many of our animals as possible.

But, really, what do we mean by enrichment activities?

An enrichment activity, in an animal context, has several objectives:
  • To encourage animals to use their natural abilities;
  • To promote behaviours specific to each species;
  • To allow animals to keep some control over their environment by letting them make choices for themselves and to benefit from new experiences.
In order to achieve these goals, creativity is a must! To encourage them to sharpen their senses and aptitudes we need to implement social, environmental, cognitive, dietary and sensory enrichment activities.

Here are some examples of enrichment activities for our animal residents at Zoo de Granby:

Bears, in their natural environment, spend a lot of time looking for food. To succeed, they will travel over long distances and will use their sense of smell as well as their claws. To stimulate this behaviour, Zoo de Granby zookeepers will hide a bear’s food all over its environment. They will place it under tree trunks or high up somewhere, in boxes or, to lengthen their search, they might place the food in some ice as well. You must admit, this is far more interesting than just gobbling it up in a pan!

Every holiday offers an opportunity for creating a theme-based enrichment activity we can use for our animals. For instance, in October, for Halloween, our gorillas love receiving food surprises hidden inside pumpkins; for Easter, our Japanese macaques will receive all kinds of colourful treats!

Testimonials

First time visiting here on our annual summer week in Québec. We went for the 2 day family pass, and had an amazing time. The 2 days allowed us to take our time around the park, and gave plenty of time as well for cooling off at the Amazoo. We'll definitely come back!

JR Bélanger

Amazing place to take the family! Lots of animals to see, amazing water park and fun rides. Great packages available with hotels close by for out of town visitors. Highly recommend!

Paul Winch

I had an amazing time here with my family! My kids absolutely loved it. Amazing experience :)

Mario Sevo

Amazing place. Perfect for the whole family. They constantly improve their environments and animals collection.

Boris Kosov

It's the 3rd year in a row that my family and I visit this Zoo. Even though it was during the busiest day they had this year, we were able to visit everything and fully enjoy the experience. Don't forget to bring your bathing suit cause they have an amazing wave pool!

Éric Trudel

A good place for family outing with zoo, water park and rides all at one place. All the attractions are conveniently placed very close to each other. Food court is good too and you can also bring in your lunch.

Anand Bharadwaj Aryasomayajula

Our whole family attended yesterday. It was absolutely spectacular. We had a fantastic time! Thanks for the memories!

Samantha Hope

What a great time. Would definitely go again. The zoo care takers are amazing at what they do and so friendly. I would recommend if you have never gone it's a bucket list. Oh and don't forget to go and pet the sting rays.

Jamie Krichtoff

We had an excellent time! We have not been in over 10 years and are so glad we went! The park is clean. The food was well priced for a theme park. We loved the Dinozoo! We have terrible French speaking abilities but appreciated your courteous and friendly staff, we felt welcome!

Bonnie Diane

Our family absolutely enjoyed our day! There was so much to do! Park was very clean and staff was very friendly and helpful with any questions!!! We plan on going next year and making it a weekend trip so that we can enjoy the whole park!

Crystal Wilson

We love going to the zoo. (…) Most of the animals were out and the grandkids were thrilled. I'd never been to the Dinozoo before and I thought it was pretty cool especially with the movement and sounds. The design is great in that it's seperated and all goes back to the center.

Stephen Eyton-Jones