While the Zoo provides food and shelter for the animals, the keepers create stimulating environments for them through the use of enrichment. They introduce new foods, smells and other "toys" into the animals' habitats to provide them opportunities to engage in natural behaviors. So treat the animals at the Zoo by bringing them something they can sniff, stomp, chew or chase!

Learn more about animal enrichment

From the Store

Here is a list of items always needed by zookeepers:

Spices and extracts (no onion or garlic)

Food dyes

Sidewalk chalk

Paper lunch bags

Paper lawn bags

CD’s – ocean, animal and bird sounds, etc.

Perfumes, colognes, body sprays

Natural fiber door mats

Natural fiber deck brush and broom heads


Sphagnum or sheet moss

Raw hides

Kong toys

Chew toys for small mammals


Bird Toys


Hide Boxes

Gift Cards

Gift cards to Target, PetSmart, Petco, Art Mart, Home Depot, Lowes and Walmart provide zookeepers the chance to pick up all sorts of special treats.

Special Notes

Please do not wrap gifts.  All items should be brought in brown paper bags.