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Alone, we can do so little; together we can do so much. – Helen Keller

ANIMAL ENRICHMENT

Animal Enrichment provides the birds in our care with ways to enhance their natural behaviors and increase their physical and mental well being. These items can take many forms including stimulating activities, toys, and changes to their environments.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

With almost 100 permanent resident birds in our care, CRC staff can always use some help in making enrichment items. The following projects are a great way for groups to make an impact in their community while getting a chance to bond with each other. Any group that makes enrichment and drops it off at our front desk will receive $2 off each person’s admission to The Raptor Trail!

  • A minimum of 10 items need to be submitted (but more is welcomed).
  • The discount must be used on the same day the items are dropped off.
  • Only the members of the group that are present when submitting the items will be eligible for the discount.
  • All items should be gathered in either a bag or box.
  • Items should be given to Visitor Services Staff at the front desk. 
    • ITEM COLLECTION WILL OCCUR WHEN CRC REOPENS TO THE PUBLIC. We are unable to accept any items at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

MATERIALS

Each group will provide their own materials for each project. For the safety of the animals, it is important that only materials on the approved materials list be used. The most commonly used items include, but are not limited to:

  • Newspaper
  • Construction paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Cardboard boxes
    • Must have all tape and adhesive stickers and labels removed
  • Toilet paper or paper towel tubes
  • Cardboard egg cartons
  • With paper plates
    • Plain paper, with no waxy coating
  • Brown paper lunch or grocery bags
  • Non-toxic glue
  • Non-toxic finger paint

Items that are unsafe for the animals and should never be used:

  • String, yarn, or rope
  • Any kind of tape
  • Stickers or labels
  • Markers or crayons
  • Any type of paper or cardboard that has a waxy coating
  • Plastic
  • Styrofoam

If you are unsure if a specific material can be used, please email Audrey Blackburn at ablackburn@carolinaraptorcenter.org.

PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS

Foraging Box

Paper Chain

Puzzle Tube

Paper Flowers

NEW! Cardboard Rip Up

 
     

NOT CRAFTY, BUT STILL WANT TO HELP?

We are always in need of materials since we make enrichment on a daily basis. Please consider collecting materials for us and donating them! Any item from the “commonly used items” list above would be greatly appreciated. All donations can be given to Visitor Services Staff at the front desk.

WISH LIST

Not all enrichment used with the birds are single-use items. All donations can be given to Visitor Services Staff at the front desk. Here is a list of items that are currently needed:

  • Tennis balls
    • New
  • Dog feeder puzzles
    • New or gently used
  • Non-toxic bubbles 
    • New 
  • Paperback books
    • Old books only