To put it simply, life in the wild is all about eating and avoiding being eaten, predator or prey. While somewhat raw in context, this natural process is, by definition, providing enrichment for all involved species. Understanding the natural behaviors of exotic companion mammal species is important and enables veterinary professionals to better interpret common presenting clinical signs and correlate those to an owner’s history and concerns. This session will discuss the importance of natural behaviors, such as foraging, and enchainment practices for owners to benefit the mental and physical welfare of their exotic animals.
Understand the importance of providing appropriate diversity of enrichment opportunities to ECM species
Gain awareness to the many different types of enrichment and examples
Have a clear understanding the importance of offering enrichment and how this links to imperative foraging behaviors