It's not just a toy; NHP Enrichment Strategies
Environmental Enrichment (EE) is a very important aspect of good husbandry and welfare of all laboratory animals in our care. The challenge when considering the use of EE is understanding the purpose of enrichment and furthermore, knowing what kind of enrichment works in your environment. Primate enrichment can be particularly challenging due to their complex behaviors, high intellect, but limited attention span. This discussion will include why we provide enrichment, ways to broaden your enrichment program, methodology on thinking of toys as more than just toys and include some thinking outside the box enrichment ideas for non-human primates in a captive environment.