Tails From The Zoo

Animal Enrichment Donations March 19, 2009

Filed under: Fund Raising,The Zoo and You — Scott Gray @ 1:53 pm

The Assiniboine Park Zoo’s Animal Enrichment Committee would like to send out a huge THANK YOU to the Portage Avenue, Dominion Centre, Main St. and Dakota PET VALU Better Pet Nutrition stores for their recent donation of toys and food for our animals. The wonderful staff at these four stores donated all the money that they earned from Halloween Pet Pictures and Pictures with Santa to the Animal Enrichment Committee.

Zoo staff sent in a wish list of items they wanted for their animals and the goodies were delivered March 12th. Over $800 was raised (!) which equated to six boxes of enrichment items, toys and food.  The keepers were very excited by the gifts and quickly cleaned out the boxes to try out the new goods with the animals.  With kong-balls for the monkeys, a ferret tent for the meerkats, stuffed animals for the lemurs, bird toys for the parrots, a watering station for the bearded dragons and perches for the birds in the Animal Hospital, everyone was happy.

So again a huge thank you to the staff and management of the Pet Valu stores – the staff and animals of the Assiniboine Park Zoo really appreciate the donations and the ongoing support. If you would like to make a donation to the Assiniboine Park Zoo for the enrichment program, please contact the Zoological Society of Manitoba. Here are a few things on the list:

Astroturf (new)

Balls, Boomer, heavy plastic/rubber

Barrels, heavy plastic

Boxes, large no staples/tape

Burlap, untreated

Bungee cords

Cardboard tubes

Carpet pieces

Clips, snaps, carabineers in various sizes

Compact discs

Concrete sewer pipes

Decoy ducks

Deer, Elk scent

Dowels, wooden (all various sizes)

Drill, cordless with drill bits


Fridges & freezers (small)

Grommets & grommet punch



Hooks (swivel)

Hoses (fire hose & rubber hose)


Knives, utility

Leather pieces

Landscaping materials (stone, soil, wood chips, rock)

Logs, bark on, various sizes

Lumber (all sizes)

Mattress (crib size)

Mirrors (small to medium, unbreakable)

Nails, screws, bolts, wing nuts, eye hooks in various sizes

Pails, 5 gallon with lid

Perfume, scented oils

Piñata, paper mache

Pine cones, natural & scented (no sparkles, paint)

Pools (Kiddie)

Propane torch

PVC pipe, various sizes

Rawhide bones (large)


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