The Smithsonian Museum National Zoo, in Washington has this week launched a new animal art and music enrichment program – designed to enhance the lives of its inhabitants.
The pioneer study involves providing art and music supplies to the animals – including harmonicas for the bears and elephants, paint supplies to the parrots, a xylophone for the orangutan enclosure – and an electric piano for a communal jam in the otter cage.
‘The enrichment activities are designed to allow animals to demonstrate their species-typical behavior, to allow them exercise control or choice over their environment and to enhance their well-being,” a zoo spokesperson has explained
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