Monday, February 6, 2012

Our Cats Just Love Saturdays!

Did you know that every Saturday we provide enrichment to a different group of cats starting at 1:00pm?   We just love watching our cats tearing into cardboard boxes or playing with “enhanced” play buckets—and the cats just love the unusual smells emanating from their special “toys.” 

What is enrichment and why is it important for the In-Sync Exotic animals?  Great question!

Enrichment at our sanctuary encompasses a variety of activities where objects, sounds and/or scents are used to encourage the natural behaviors of the animals under our care. This type of enrichment compels our animals to interact with their environment and with each other. We use various forms of enrichment (e.g., what an animal visualizes, smells, hears, tastes or touches) because it is important to mentally and physically stimulate the animals so as to maintain and enhance the health and well-being of all our wild ones!

Two of our volunteers, Karin and Robert Saucedo, put together an adorable short special video of last Saturday’s enrichment event.  So, let’s test your knowledge of our big cats by identifying the cats featured. We’ll share the animals’ names of our “movie stars” at the bottom of this posting…

Okay, were you able to figure out which cats received enrichment last Saturday?  Yes? Well, let’s see how well you did.  The cats seen in the video were:  Jynxie (lioness); Kahn & Sheila (lions); and lynxes Tobias, Trooper and Duchess (she was exploring the inside of the paper bag)! 

So, how did you do? If you happen to be in the area, we hope you can come out and see the animals receive their enrichment!  Here are the links for directions and tour information!

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Oh, and as a reminder, don't forget to vote for us today in the Green Source DFW Environmental Awards!  Our “enriched” cats from In-Sync Exotics thank you!


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