Grandpa Mountain to Host Animal Enrichment Day on August 3

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An enrichment is a special treat, new toy, or even an unfamiliar scent given to pets to break up their routines and help keep them active and intellectually stimulated. The day celebrates the furry, feathered and scaly inhabitants of the park with an afternoon of fun and educational activities, specifically focusing on enrichment and its importance in caring for the animals that call Grandfather Mountain home. (Photo courtesy of Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation)

Grandfather Mountain, the non-profit nature park run by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, hosts its annual Animal Enrichment Day on August 3 and invites visitors to come see for themselves how Grandfather Mountain cares for its resident animals . The event, which allows visitors to watch enrichment demonstrations, speak directly with caretakers and participate in interactive family-friendly games, is included with admission.

An enrichment is a special treat, new toy, or even an unfamiliar scent given to pets to break up their routines and help keep them active and intellectually stimulated. The day celebrates the furry, feathered and scaly inhabitants of the park with an afternoon of fun and educational activities, specifically focusing on enrichment and its importance in caring for the animals that call Grandfather Mountain home.

Park habitat staff are preparing a fun afternoon for guests that will also include a “Test Your Animal Knowledge” contest and a drawing for a rare behind-the-scenes animal tour.

“Having this day to show not only what enrichment entails, but more importantly what it means for the physical and mental well-being of our resident animals, is a great educational opportunity for our visitors,” said Christie Tipton, curator. animal habitats with the grandfather. Mountain Stewardship Foundation. “Of course, it’s also entertaining and also offers insight into the animals’ distinct personalities.”

Activities will begin at 11 a.m. and will continue until 3:30 p.m. The complete schedule is below.

Animal Enrichment Day Schedule:

  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Behind-the-scenes tour (additional cost, book in advance at the Wilson Center gift shop)
  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Animal Olympics (Pollinator Garden)
  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Test Your Animal Knowledge Contest – Drawing Contest at 2:15 p.m. (Wilson Center Lobby)
  • 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Fun animal-themed games! (Outside Wilson Center, inside if it’s raining)
  • 11:30 p.m.: Animal Encounter – Come meet some of the resident animals, including snakes and a possum. (Wilson Center)
  • 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Vote for the enrichments you think the animals would most like to get during the Enrichment Parade starting at 2:45 p.m. at the Elk Habitat. (Wilson Center)
  • 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Creepy Critter Corner – meet some of the most “scary” animals. (Wilson Center)
  • 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Enrichment chart – learn all about enrichment. (Wilson Center)
  • 2:15 p.m.: Drawing contest! Winners will be announced at the Wilson Center. Contest winners get the rare opportunity to go behind the scenes to visit the animal they knew! Winners are allowed to bring family members with them. Entrants must be present to win. (Wilson Center)
  • 2:45 p.m.: Animal Enrichment Parade! Follow the Grandfather Mountain staff to elk, then otter, then cougar, then bear to see the special enrichments! (Starts at Elk Habitat)

Can’t make it to the event but still want to give Grandpa’s pets a special treat? Those interested in gifting them some of their favorite items can do so by viewing the Mountain Animals Enrichment Wish List of appropriate toys and supplies. Donors can purchase an item online and have it delivered directly to Grandfather Mountain for immediate enjoyment.

Animal lovers can also contribute through the Adopt a Mountain Animal program. Honorary adopters receive a photo of their animal, an adoption certificate, an information sheet on the animal’s life and more!

To learn more about this year’s Animal Enrichment Day at Grandfather Mountain, which is included with park admission, visit www.grandfather.com/event/animal-enrichment-day. The non-profit Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation strives to inspire conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, understand and appreciate the wonders of Grandfather Mountain. For more information, visit www.grandfather.com.

Grandfather Mountain, the non-profit nature park run by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, hosts its annual Animal Enrichment Day on August 3 and invites visitors to come see for themselves how Grandfather Mountain cares for its resident animals . The event, which allows visitors to watch enrichment demonstrations, speak directly with caretakers and participate in interactive family-friendly games, is included with admission. (Photo courtesy of Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation)

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