Shedd Aquarium3 in Chicago, Illinois, decided4 to close its doors last week due to the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn't mean the animals have to self-quarantine.
Instead, staff are using the empty aquarium as an opportunity to provide enrichment to the animals in new ways - including penguin1 tours.
The penguins have been free to wander the aquarium over the last few days, checking out everything from dolphins to stingrays.
"Without guests in the building, caretakers are getting creative in how they provide enrichment to animals - introducing new experiences, activities, foods, and more to keep them active, encourage them to explore, problem-solve, and express natural behaviours."
Wellington, a rockhopper penguin, got to explore the aquarium's "Amazon Rising" section on Sunday and was clearly fascinated by the fish.
Edward and Annie, a bonded5 pair of rockhopper penguins who are together for the nesting season, went on a tour of the aquarium's rotunda6.
They even checked out the information desk.
Edward and Annie will begin building their nests next week, and Shedd Aquarium will be offering digital nesting coverage7 so that animal lovers can follow along.
Shedd's zookeepers told Insider that, even during this time of uncertainty8, it is important to keep things as normal as possible for the animals.
- 最新評論 進入詳細評論頁>>