Animal Enrichment is very important here at the Toronto Zoo. Did you know that each of our animals receive enrichment every day? When you visit and notice barrels, toys and other devices within animal habitats, those objects serve as animal enrichment that plays an important role for many of the species here at the Zoo.

Enrichment at the Toronto Zoo aims to enhance our animals’ environments by providing them with opportunities that stimulate their natural behaviours. Giving animals opportunities to follow their natural instincts is as essential to their overall health and well-being as good nutrition and medical care. Environmental changes are made with the goal of increasing the animal’s behavioural choices and drawing out their species appropriate behaviours, thus enhancing animal welfare. Some devices may encourage foraging behaviours while others are strictly for play.

 
 

Carnivore Enrichment Feedings

Enrichment for eating or feeding behaviours are of particular importance, since finding food – whether through foraging or hunting – is a principal concern of all animals in the wild. A carnivore’s hunting and feeding behaviours may include smelling, licking, clawing, chewing and consumption of all edible parts, chewing on bones and tearing through skin. Therefore, at the Zoo, we offer our carnivores these large and complex food items that take significantly longer for them to consume. As well, carnivores that engage in social feeding gain an extra benefit from this type of enrichment experience.

Every Saturday and Sunday, you can now watch as we feed our carnivores, where you will witness them showing off their hunting and feeding behaviours. We hope this will provide an educational and immersive experience for visitors, though viewing may not be suitable for everyone.

 
Saturday, November 16
Jaguar
Jaguar
1:30 pm
Mayan Temple
Sunday, November 17
Spotted Hyena
Spotted Hyena
2:00 pm
Africa Savanna
Saturday, November 23
Sumatran Tiger
Sumatran Tiger
2:30 pm
Indo-Malaya
Sunday, November 24
Lion
Lions
1:00 pm
Africa Savanna
Saturday, November 30
Artic Fox
Artic Fox
11:00 am
Tundra Trex
Sunday, December 1
Cheetah
Cheetah
11:30 am
Africa Savanna
Saturday, December 7
Snow Leopard
Snow Leopard
11:30 am
Eurasia Wilds
Sunday, December 8
Lynx
Canada Lynx
2:00 pm
at Canadian Domain
Saturday, December 14
Spotted Hyena
Spotted Hyena
2:00 pm
Africa Savanna
Sunday, December 15
Amur Tigers
Amur Tigers
2:30 pm
Eurasia Wilds
Saturday, December 21
Artic Fox
Artic Fox
11:00 am
Tundra Trex
Sunday, December 22
Polar bear
Polar bears
12:00 noon
Tundra Trek
Saturday, December 28
Sumatran Tiger
Sumatran Tiger
2:30 pm
Indo-Malaya
Sunday, December 29
Lion
Lions
1:00 pm
Africa Savanna