Meerkat enrichment

Dudley College students treated DZG’s meerkat mob to an exciting handmade enrichment box after taking part in a Discovery Centre education session.

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Led by Presenter Becky Iwahashi, the 21 students spent two hours discovering about a variety of animal behaviours, before they got to work designing an enrichment device for the zoo’s meerkats.

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Armed with cardboard boxes, newspaper and mealworms – the meerkats’ favourite treats – the group constructed the toy before throwing it into the Tecton enclosure, where they watched the mob quickly delve in for the treats.

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Becky said: “The session went well and the students really enjoyed making the enrichment toy and then watching it being used.

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“The meerkats attacked it as soon as we put it in which was not only great for them, as it was a different way for them to get their food, but it was brilliant for the group to see in action as well.”