WVXU: How UC students are challenging zoo animals

WVXU profiled work by University of Cincinnati honors students to help provide enrichment for animals at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

Students are working with UC Forward to come up with novel games and devices that stimulate curiosity and elicit natural behaviors in the animals.

For example, students made a game out of nested PVC pipes that reward rhinoceros hornbills with grapes when they pull strings to line them up correctly. Another device for tigers has built-in speakers and lights.

And students made a Plexiglas browse box for giraffes that requires them to use their dexterous tongues to move Wiffle Balls out of the way to reach a food reward.

Featured image at top: A Malayan tiger inspects an enrichment device playing music at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Photo/Colleen Kelley/UC Creative Services

UC engineering students shown here with their Hornbills design enrichment device left to right Bradley Davidson, Jordan Perrin, Frank Bolek, Michael Mallory and Justin Meyer at Cincinnati Zoo. UC/ Joseph Fuqua II

University of Cincinnati honors students show off the devices they made for the rhinoceros hornbills in the World of Birds at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Photo/Joesph Fuqua II/UC Creative Services

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