Animal Enrichment

by  Buffalo Zoo

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Let your students become scientists as they learn about animal behavior and animal enrichment in zoos! As the highlight of the program, students learn how to make specific enrichment items for designated species of animals at the Buffalo Zoo. This two-session experience culminates with the opportunity to observe the animals' behavior as they interact with their enrichment!

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About This Program


Point to Point: $350.00

Schools local to the Buffalo, NY area will culminate the program with a trip to the Zoo in person. Program fee for local schools who will physically visit the Zoo is $300.


45 minutes for each program in series

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

For optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 30 students.

Primary Disciplines


Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

Booking Information

As a more in-depth program, we have to customize some of the program format details based on the individual class.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received at least 48 hours in advance. The Buffalo Zoo will then make every reasonable attempt to reschedule your program. If the program cannot be rescheduled, the Buffalo Zoo will issue a refund. The refund will be assessed one administrative charge of $25. If a cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the scheduled program, the full program fee will still be charged.

If a school encounters technical problems on the scheduled date of a program, the Buffalo Zoo will wait approximately 15 minutes after the program start time to determine if the problem can be resolved. If not, the program will be canceled for that date. The school then has the option to reschedule the program. If the school chooses not to reschedule, or if the technical issues cannot be resolved for another program date, the full program fee will still be charged.

In the event of weather related zoo or school closings, the Buffalo Zoo will make every reasonable attempt to reschedule your program. If the program cannot be rescheduled, the Buffalo Zoo will issue a full refund.

About This Provider

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Buffalo Zoo

Buffalo, NY
United States

The Buffalo Zoological Gardens is the third oldest institution of its kind in the United States. The Zoo's mission is to provide the general public with an educationally, culturally and recreationally significant community resource. This is accomplished through the advancement and encouragement of the science of zoology, through the conservation of the world's wildlife and through the innovative exhibition of diverse species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.

Rebecca Balk

Program Details


1. Introduction to the concepts of behavior and enrichment
2. Reasons for enrichment and example projects
3. Class is assigned select Buffalo Zoo animals to research
4. Class makes enrichment for those select animals.
5. Class sends/brings enrichment to the Zoo and observes the animals' behaviors.


Some of the objectives are:
-Predict at least one behavioral response to enrichment items
-Understand the importance of animal enrichment in zoos
-Be inspired to observe and understand natural behaviors of other animals
- Learn from and converse with experts on enrichment
-Construct animal enrichment items

Standards Alignment

National Standards

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