U.S. Forest Service Hosts Zoo Keeper Workshop to Repurpose Industrial Materials for Habitats

U.S. Forest Service Hosts Zoo Keeper Workshop to Repurpose Industrial Materials for Habitats U.S. Forest Service Hosts Zoo Keeper Workshop to Repurpose Industrial Materials for Habitats U.S. Forest Service Hosts Zoo Keeper Workshop to Repurpose Industrial Materials for Habitats

Redding, Calif., March, 4, 2017-Animal care professionals from zoos and sanctuaries are attending a workshop to gain skills for building animal habitat enrichment items out of repurposed and recycled materials. The U.S. Forest Service has partnered with Hose2Habitat, a Maryland-based nonprofit, to conduct workshops at its Northern California Operations Service Center.

Participants will learn to craft used fire hose and other materials into hammocks, cubes, feeders, climbing ladders, and other habitat enrichment items for gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees, monkeys, lions, tigers, elephants, bears, otters, lemurs, and many other animals.

Providing the animals with habitats and experiences to stimulate and encourage species-typical behaviors is an important part of animal care. While its primary purpose is the well-being of the animals, this animal enrichment also brings satisfaction to the animal caregivers and is rewarding to the public who see the animals interacting with their environments in new and interesting ways.

Hose2Habitat, a Maryland-based nonprofit that connects zoos and animal sanctuaries with donations of materials that can be diverted from landfills and safely used for animal enrichment, is conducting the workshop for no charge and is working with the U.S. Forest Service to create an ongoing recycling program for its fire hose to be used for animal enrichment.

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