Animal Enrichment

Nashville Zoo provides enrichment for our animals on a daily basis. While the habitats at the Zoo have some of the same features found in an animal’s native habitat, enrichment allows them to interact with their environments in a more complex way and demonstrate natural behaviors. A setting that provides experiences that an animal would encounter in the wild, such as new foods, smells and textures, reduces stress and provides both mental and physical stimulation. See the videos below for examples of some enrichment that the Zoo provides and how the animals use it.

Click here for a full list of enrichment used by Nashville Zoo*. Go an idea you think we should try? Send us your enrichment suggestion using the form on the right side of the page.

*This enrichment list is for zoo keeper reference only. Guests to Nashville Zoo are not permitted to feed Zoo animals without direct approval from Zoo staff.