Our Binturong Raji and friends appeared with National Wildlife Federations Dave Mizejewski on Conan O’Brian last night!
Today, we took Baloo our male binturong out for a little stroll to enjoy the beautiful weather. In doing so, we not only accomplish Baloo getting more comfortable with us, but in addition, familiar walking on a leash as many of our animals do when meeting groups or in shows.
Baloo did an outstanding job! Our goal is to remain consistent in our daily training and socialization with the animals and make going to shows and events a real treat for them.
Today Patrick, one of our volunteers, and I went into Baloo and Raji’s enclosure to hand feed them their PM diet. They loooove the fruit so they eat that up right away. Then when the fruit’s all gone they’ll go for the monkey chow. They save the veggies like string beans and broccoli for last like some picky eaters I know!
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Today, I went to give the animals a few extra treats after we finished feeding everyone. I figured I would just give one or two treats and then leave it at that. I didn’t realize however that treats could also be considered behavioral enrichment in more ways than one.
I gave out fig newtons to the Kinkajous and they had no problem munching them down. I decided to give the Coatis and Binturongs some graham crackers and that’s where the problem began. I have given them graham crackers on multiple occasions but maybe it had been a while because it looked like they forgot how to eat them. I realize graham crackers are one of the longer crackers but it was quite a sight to see.
Chloe, took the longest to try and maneuver the treat into a position that worked for her and Baloo had to try quite a few different head positions himself to get the cracker down. Luckily, I got a little on video so we can all laugh at them. Even though they look kind of ridiculous, they are still adorable as ever.
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