GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- John Ball Zoo will open it's gates for one day in December to celebrate Christmas for the Animals.
From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 7, you can enjoy a visit with Santa and his reindeer, an ice carver, kids activities, and some demonstrations that show
The activities are all free in return for a donated enrichment item.
Zoo animals, much like people, need variety in their everyday lives. Zookeepers spend a lot of their day coming up with ways to make each day different.
This kind of animal care is called "enrichment" and it's designed to mimic natural behaviors like foraging, hunting/stalking, and even playing. Whether it's an unusual food, new scent, or a new piece of "furniture," enrichment keeps the animals engaged and interested in their surroundings.
Zookeepers are asking for help from visitors to provide enrichment items to the more than 2,000 animals.