According to the World Organization for Animal Health, animal welfare refers to the state of the animal; the treatment that an animal receives is covered by other terms such as animal care, animal husbandry, and humane treatment. This means that mental and physical needs are provided for.
At APE Malaysia, we work alongside keepers to support them in terms of enrichment. In the zoological community, the word ‘enrichment’ describes the approaches and principles adopted to improve the wellbeing of animals in our care, whether they are furry, hairy, feathery or scaly! In good zoos, enrichment is part of everyday animal care and is as important as good husbandry and veterinary practices.
There are many different types of enrichment; examples include (but aren’t limited to) food, social, and environmental. All types of enrichment have similar goals. They provide captive animals with the opportunity to behave naturally, as well as keeping them physically and mentally active!