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From The Zoo To You

Feeding methods & environmental enrichment for parrots

By Louise Bauck, BSC, DVM, MVSC

Birds in zoos are trained, studied, and cared for everyday.Zoological parks have been developing creative and practical solutions to issues of bird husbandry for several decades. The professional staff at your local American Association of Zoological Parks & Aquariums (AAZPA) institution houses a dedicated group of experts who spend hours studying, training and entertaining their animals.

Our pet parrots can benefit from their expertise in regard to environmental enrichment. This term means that an attempt is made to enrich every aspect of a captive bird’s life. Techniques range from auditory stimulation (e.g. sounds of the rain forest) to exercise management (e.g. training for flight) to foraging activities (i.e. hidden food and labor-intensive feeding puzzles) and many more.

**For the full article, pick up the 2009 issue of Birds USA or click here to buy the issue.**


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