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USE YOUR POWER FOR GOOD!
Switch your energy provider to Sponsor Energy and they will donate 50% of the profits from your energy consumption to the Valley Zoo Development Society!
You have the opportunity to help support of the revitalization of the Edmonton Valley Zoo – just by switching from your current power company to Sponsor Energy for electricity. Whether you are a residential or small business customer, Sponsor Energy will make a donation of 50% of their profits on your electricity usage to the Valley Zoo Development Society each month.
NATURE’S WILD BACKYARD
The Valley Zoo Development Society is committed to raising funds in support of the revitalization of the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Our most recent commitment is to raise over $9 million dollars to fund the the next phase of construction, Natures Wild Back Yard. We are confident that through donations from individuals, corporations, government, and private foundations, we will reach this goal.
If you would like to help, the “Ways to Give” menu located throughout our website is full of wonderful ways you can help the Valley Zoo Development Society raise funds and promote awareness to ensure the continued development of Edmonton’s beloved Valley Zoo. We sincerely thank you for your generosity.
Nature’s Wild Backyard will build on the Inner Zoo’s origins as the “Storyland Zoo” by rededicating it to children and young families. The design for Nature’s Wild Backyard is situated at the intersection of environmental stewardship and a child’s thirst for wonder through interaction. The design strategically embraces play and discovery within the framing of immersive experiences as a means of intimately relating the visitor and a comprehensive ecology. Laid out in a series of Zones, Nature’s Wild Backyard will allow our guests to experience each Zone in the same manner as the animals that inhabit it.
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ANIMAL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
Have you ever noticed odd things in the zoo animals homes? Our keepers are constantly creating enrichment to add challenges and fun & rewarding activities that help keep the animals busy and happy. Enrichment creates opportunities for the animals to use their natural senses and adaptations to improve their well-being. Enrichment is all about enhancing animal environments in ways that are appropriate to that specific species.
At the Edmonton Valley Zoo, animal enrichment is an important part of day-to-day animal care. The Zoo staff use five categories of enrichment: food enrichment, physical enrichment, sensory enrichment, cognitive enrichment, and social enrichment.
FOOD ENRICHMENT… is used to engage hunting or foraging behaviours in some animals and to encourage problem-solving. Food is often hidden, buried or placed differently within the animal enclosures, so the animals must follow their senses to the food.
PHYSICAL ENRICHMENT… staff work hard to change the animal’s physical environment everyday to ensure the habitats are interesting and engaging for the animals. Objects in the enclosures may be moved or changed, perching branches might be rearranged, or new objects may be introduced or hidden.
SENSORY ENRICHMENT… is quite varied and may stimulate many senses at once. The Edmonton Valley Zoo has a Music & Arts Program for animals where Lucy the elephant loves to paint and play the drums. Sensory Enrichment can include:
- olfactory enrichment:the addition of prey scents, spices or perfumes to engage the sense of smell
- auditory enrichment: the addition of devices that emit natural sounds or animal vocalizations
- visual enrichment: the use of colours, videos, and mirrors to engage the animals
- tactile enrichment: the use of textured materials such as paper-mache, soft items or wood to engage the sense of touch.
COGNITIVE ENRICHMENT… is used to stimulate the animal’s thought process and condition their brains in new ways. Things like puzzle feeders and problem solving activities are often used for cognitive enrichment.
SOCIAL ENRICHMENT… zoo staff find new and creative ways to enrich an animal’s day through socialization. Some animals, like Lucy, are tractable, so the keepers are able to take them out to socialize with visitors.
Check out the following video of one of the Golden Lion Tamarin interacting with a puzzle feeder!