According to 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. To the zoological community, the word ‘enrichment’ describes the approaches and principals 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, for example food, social, or environmental to name but a few. All types of enrichment have similar goals. They allow captive animals opportunities to carry out natural behaviour, as well as help keep them physically and mentally active!