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6421 East 36Th Street North
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74115
Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, the Tulsa Zoo seeks to inspire passion for wildlife in every guest, every day. Open 363 days a year, the Tulsa Zoo hosts more than 620,000 guests each year, making it the largest attraction in the Green C ... more
Both bears participated in training sessions ...
Both bears participated in training sessions with the Tulsa Zoo's Curator of Behavioral Husbandry, Marcie Tarvid.
Training helps the animals become more comfortable with their new environments and allows keepers to interact and more easily examine animals in their care.
Monty especially enjoyed
Dorsey and Briney, both born in captivity, have never swum in the ocean.
In a zoo environment, sea lions require a great deal of activity and enrichment - or opportunities to play with objects and solve problems, Tarvid said.
In response to concerns about the captivity of wild animals such as sea lions, Tarvid said it is useful to observe the animals' contentedness; activity level, compared with sea lions in the wild; physical fitness; and ability to rest at their leisure.
Based on these criteria, Tarvid said the Tulsa Zoo is "doing a really good job."
"They interact with their environment a lot,"
Zookeepers will place items in their habitats, such as papier-mache puzzles and blood or fruit flavored ice on a stick.
"It's like a task, something that gets them moving and going," Tarvid said.
"We'll freeze something, like fruitcicles for the zebras and gazelles, and they can go out and lick them.
For the lion cubs, we'll have papier-mache animals, and the birds might get live fish or a cricket or grasshopper."
Tarvid said the enrichment items are not simply treats for the animals.
"We're always really careful about what we
use. We're not going to feed and animal with a small amount of sugar in their diet something high in calories,"
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