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Skunk, Opossum & Coyote Enrichment for Rehab Animals

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Skunk, Opossum & Coyote Enrichment for Rehab Animals
Opossums
Introduction
Enrichment purpose - provide opportunities to elicit natural behaviors
Tied to animal welfare
"An animal's collective physical, mental, and emotional states over a period of time... measured on a continuum of good to poor" (AZA, n.d.)
Begin with a behavior, then frame the enrichment around the behavior
One item can target multiple behaviors
Behaviors should be species specific
Rehab animals pose additional challenge - must be natural/naturalistic
Important for rehab animals - may be in same enclosure for lengthy amounts of time due to illness, injury, or waiting to meet release criteria
General Information
Enrichment is a vital aspect in the rehabilitative process, because it offers mental and physical stimulation, as well as challenging the animal. Adding complexity to an animal's daily routine creates the opportunity for the animal to perform natural behaviors, while being physically active, and problem solving, keeping the animal stimulated mentally. The four types of enrichment used at the FFAWC are sensory, manipulative, food, and environmental.

When providing enrichment for animals at the FFAWC, it is important to ensure that the items we provide are beneficial to the animals and are created with the intent to provide an opportunity to engage in natural behavior, while risks are minimized. Enrichment items should be safe for the animal, while also being constructed of natural (or as naturalistic as possible) material.
Skunks
FFAWC Intern Project - Amy Alexander
August 4, 2015

Coyotes
Creating Puzzle Feeders
1. Drill Holes
2. Sand with 100 Grit Sandpaper
3. Scrape with Metal File
4. Sand Lightly
5. Smooth Edges
6. Paint with Natural Color
7. Cut Dowels to Size for Puzzle Feeder
References / Resources
AZA Canid Taxon Advisory Group. (2012). Large canid (canidae) care manual. Retrieved June 27, 2015, from https://www.aza.org/uploadedFiles/Animal_Care_and_Management/Animal_Programs/Animal_Programs_Data...

AZA Small Carnivore Taxon Advisory Group. (2010). Mustelid (mustelidae) care manual. Retrieved June 27, 2015, from https://www.aza.org/uploadedFiles/Animal_Care_and_Management/Husbandry,_Health,_and_Welfare/Husba...

Ziegler, G., Shepherdson, D., & Mellen, J. (n.d.). Suggested guidelines for carnivore enrichment. Retrieved June 27, 2015, from https://www.aazk.org/wp-content/uploads/Suggested-Guidelines-for-Carnivore-Enrichment.pdf
Enrichment Idea Board - Rehab and Sanctuary
https://www.pinterest.com/amyalexander564/enrichment-ideas/
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