University of Wisconsion - Eau Claire




Enrichment Foods & Activities for Zoo Animals

15 hours

Community partner: Irvine Park Zoo
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Service-Learning Proposal Description


Briefly describe the project and the community to be addressed.
Answer Students can take a look around the Irvine Park Zoo and determine which animals they would like to select to do research on. Research would include finding out what types of foods enrich the animals' diets and what type of activities enrich the animals' lives. Students will need to contact the zookeeper about the selected animal(s), communicate with the zookeeper about any ideas they would like to implement, and keep safety in mind at all times for animal foods and activities. Students will search websites for enrichment at other zoos, and may contact other zoos for more information. Students would also contact local businesses about donating food items or supplies needed for animal enrichment.


What is the mission of the agency or organization?
Answer Chippewa Falls offers a unique quality of life with its convenient proximity to metropolitan areas, while still affording the benefits of a family-oriented community. Our exceptional city services and safety forces, excellent school system, and scenic parks and recreation areas assure that Chippewa Falls is a place where one would want to live, work, or play.


What skills are required for this project?
Answer Interested in enriching the lives of animals. Hard working. Dedicated to the task.


What are the objectives for the student learning and service?
Answer Animals in captivity need enrichment. Through the service project, students will learn about animals individually, what they eat and do in their natural habitat, and find ways to integrate their natural habits and new enrichment in a zoo setting.


What are the availability requirements for the student?
Answer Flexible schedule. The zoo is open from 7 a.m. to dark. Students will work out a schedule for the project by working with the zookeeper, Jennifer London.


Additional information (not required).
Answer N/A