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Naked Mole Rat

Naked Mole Rat

Naked mole-rats appear to be bald, but they are not completely hairless. They have sensory whiskers on their face and tail, which allow them to move backward just as quickly as they can move forward.

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Catering at the Zoo

Animal Enrichment at the Zoo

Enrichment is an important part of animal welfare, keeping animals in human care mentally and physically stimulated on a daily basis. Enrichment means giving animals opportunities, tools and choices to stimulate their natural behaviors and keep them actively engaged.

Our animal care staff achieve this in a variety of ways, from offering toys and foraging activities to training animals for medical husbandry and veterinary care.

Read about our enrichment program HERE and please consider donating to our enrichment wish list!

Enrichment Wish List -- New, unused, unopened items only, please!

  • Suet feeders -- all sizes
  • Slow feeder dog dishes
  • Scents and seasonings, eg. peppermint, almond, vanilla, catnip, cinnamon, basil.
  • Exo Terra rock dishes -- all sizes (PetSmart or Petco)
  • Exo Terra log hides -- all sizes (PetSmart or Petco)
  • Boomer Balls (
  • Gift cards to PetSmart, Petco, Amazon, Wegmans, Home Depot, Lowes, etc.
  • Kongs -- all sizes
  • Bird/parrot toys

Food items:

  • Cereal -- low sugar such as Cheerios, Rice Chex, Quaker Oatmeal Squares, etc.
  • Unsalted nuts (only in a sealed container, no bulk items please)
  • All natural nut butters
  • Low or no sugar applesauce or fruit cups (no syrup)
  • Dried fruit (sealed, no bulk please)
  • Canned corn
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Canned tuna
  • Chicken or beef broth
  • Nutella
  • Popcorn (non-microwave)
  • Baby food
  • Jelly
  • Honey
  • Low sugar juice (all natural)

Elephant wish list:

  • Sand piles for playing and snoozing -- 1 full load of beach sand = 20 tons for $460
  • Bongo Feeder,, $127
  • Meteor,, $195
  • Food enrichment gift cards – Aldi, Wegmans, Tops, Costco
  • Feeder Tube,, 14” x 18” with 1.5”  holes, extra heavy duty, s$175, $25 freight
  • Two- Timer,, (2) 24” Jingle balls on rope, severe heavy duty, $860, $180.00 freight
  • 10” Heavy duty Boomerballs,, 5 balls for $48
  • Small Bobbin (Heavy duty),, $60

If you wish to donate portable items, please bring them to the zoo membership desk during zoo hours. If you wish to make a donation toward a larger item, please contact Friends of the Zoo at 315-435-8511 x8534. THANK YOU!



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