Week 19 – 128/365
Every day at the Bronx Zoo, there are Animal Enrichment sessions. These are defined as periods of time where animals would be trained/stimulated or “enriched” so that they do not grow bored and depressed.
This tiger is a female that is 13 years old and had her brother in the adjacent enclosure. During the enrichment session, the tiger was fed a meatball and chicken for doing several ‘tricks’, which included coming over to the wall to be fed, standing on her back legs, growling/roaring to show off teeth and laying down to be poked so she could get used to the feeling for blood tests.
She was a beautiful girl. It was too hot and mugger for her to move much, but for the most part she responded to the trainer’s hand signals and verbal commands.
Edit: For those who want to see, here is the before and after of the first image.