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What Can the Enrichment Lab do?
The Enrichment lab serves as a resource to the lab animal community concerning active studies, collaboration between various institutions, suggestions for behavioral equipment, as well as suggestions to start your own Animal Welfare Committee in your own institution.
The Enrichment Lab provides a platform for subscribers to check out ongoing enrichment and behavior studies.
The Enrichment Lab promotes and facilitates collaboration of studies between multiple institutions. Facilities lacking resources such as certain species of animals, behavioral monitoring machines, data analysis etc can reach out and the Enrichment lab will work to connect you with other facilities that may have those resources.
Monkeys like rhesus macaques forage around 70% of the day in the wild. Enrichment items such a wheat grass, plants, icees, foraging devices, or paper boxes filled with treats is the perfect enrichment for monkeys to exhibit this behavior.
Pigs exhibit rooting behavior. Enrichment items such as icees, round solid balls, paper boxes filled with treats, and pumpkins smeared with honey allow these animals to exhibit this natural behavior.
Sheep are a gregarious species that prefer hay as enrichment. Providing hay in structural enrichment items such as nets, blue balls, and apple balls add variety to methods of enrichment distribution.
Rodents are a prey species that hide when threatened by a predator. Providing environmental enrichment such a nesting material gives them the ability to build complex nests. Also, providing an igloo gives them the ability to hide from potential aggressors, while also providing shelter for pups.