Have you ever visited a zoo, pet store, or animal attraction and witnessed lethargic animals sitting in the corners of their cages? It’s terribly sad to see the look of sadness on their faces.
Most people assume they look sad because they can’t run free. But this is not necessarily the case. Many of these animals have never known a life in the wild. They were bred in captivity. They’ve always been in cages.
So that’s not it.
We can promise you won’t see that look of sadness with the animals at Alligator Attraction. Here are the two main reasons why:
We do our best to create an experience for them that is very similar to the natural habitat in which they would live. If they’re animals that used to live in the wild, they’ll enjoy their surroundings at alligator attraction because they’re very similar to the surroundings they had in nature.
If they lived in captivity all of their lives, they still appreciate being in a place that mirrors their natural environment because those surroundings are more peaceful and engaging than sterile, boring cages.
Which brings us to the second reason our animals are so happy here…
Whether the animal was born in the wild or in captivity, staring at the walls in a box can be boring no matter how large that box is. We understand this, so part of our budget is spent on creating what is referred to as enrichment activities for our animals.
Enrichment activities contain a little bit of a challenge and a lot of reward. They keep our animals from getting bored. For instance, for our rats recently we tied some veggies on a string and strung it across their home a little higher than head level. The veggies were an enjoyable treat for the rats. While the fact that they had to stand up to grab the vegetable and nibble it entertained them.
Another enrichment activity we are planning for Valentine’s Day involves creating a treat box for our piggies. By nudging and rolling the box they’ll free the treats.
You might use enrichment activities with your pet without even knowing it. For instance, do you ever give your dog a toy containing peanut butter? If you just put the peanut butter in their bowl they’d gulp it down quickly and forget all about it in a few minutes. However, if you put it in a toy they have to take the time to lick out the peanut butter. It is both a challenge and a reward in that enjoyable activity.
In addition to temporary enrichment activities, a lot of our animal enclosures include things like ropes and rocks and multi-dimensional places for animals to hide and climb. This is not to make the homes more visually appealing for visitors looking at the animals. These additions make the habitats more engaging for the animals. They’re less likely to get bored in these types of surroundings.
At alligator Attraction, we don’t put our animals on display like an old-time circus. We are here to help people gain a greater appreciation for our different species and teach visitors about conservation. The most effective conservation training allows for the interaction and exchange between humans and animals. After all, who doesn’t want to help their friends? If these animals become familiar to our visitors and they learn to appreciate them, they will be more apt to help protect them.
Our staff is comprised of highly-trained wildlife guides and educators. They have a deep love for animals. They gladly answer your questions and help you understand the struggles that many of these species go through due to overcrowding, the loss of their habitats, and unhealthy human interaction (like hand-feeding).
Please visit our facility and animals today and you can see first hand what it means be good stewards of the earth.