What is Environmental Enrichment?
Simply put, enrichment is anything that changes an animal’s environment. Enrichment is a dynamic process for enhancing animal environments within the context of the animals’ behavioral biology and natural history. Environmental changes are made with the goal of increasing the animal’s behavioral choices by drawing out their species-appropriate behaviors and to improve their social, cognitive, and psychological well being.
To help in this process, zoos and aquariums often use environmental enrichment devices (EEDs), which are objects that animals can manipulate. EEDs can either be novel or pre-existing and can range from natural to man-made. Each department within our Animal Husbandry program has its own unique enrichment program that is provided for its animals.
Below is a link to a list of items that each department can use as EEDs. By donating money or directly buying one of those items, you can help to enhance the enrichment programs at the Texas State Aquarium. You may even be able to see your donation when visiting us!