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Monkey Boards

This enrichment is all year round and allows NHPs to do what they do in the wild, forage! Place any seeds, marshmallows, craisins, and watch them enjoy!
Prep Time1 d
Species: Non-Human Primates
Type: Food, Manipulative
Keyword: foraging
Yield: 1

Equipment

  • Cardboard Box
  • spoon
  • Paintbrush

Materials

  • 1 small to medium cardboard box
  • 1 cup honey or cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup seeds, sesame, pumpkin, poppy, walnuts

Instructions

  • Open cardboard box
  • If low calorie, mix cornstarch and water into a bowl until consistent
  • Insert paintbrush into corntarch solution
  • For high calorie enrichment, insert paintbrush into cup of honey
  • Paint honey or cornstarch solution inside box along bottom and sides
  • Mix 1 cup of poppy seeds, sesame seeds, quaker oats, and a handful of pumpkin seeds
  • Sprinkle mix of seeds inside cardboard box on top of cornstach solution or honey
  • Place inside the refrigerator overnight
  • Close cardboard box
  • If box is too large, tear a side of box off
  • Distribute to NHP