Life can be boring with animals in captivity without some spice. Therefore, enrichment for primates is an important daily task which EPRC staff have to complete to keep the animals healthy and sane.
Enrichment for primates is created to help the animals keep their wild instinct of looking for food. If their food is laid out every time right in front of their eyes, the primates will gradually become lazy and independent on human support – which is not what we want for primates at a rescue center.
Gibbons are those who are given the most complicated types of enrichment because of their intelligence. They can use their fingers in a really flexible way to search for food and use their smart brain to solve the enrichment puzzles.
For langurs and lorises, enrichment should be more simple. They are also the kinds who get easily excited over small things. In short, easier to be satisfied comparing with gibbons.
We always think of new ideas for enrichment for primates at EPRC. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. So if you have any bright idea of some enrichment, please let us know in the comment section!