Plants form the fabric within and around which animals live their lives. As the ultimate source of food to fuel their lives, to the provision of structures that make a safe home. Plants or plant derivatives determine much of the natural behaviour of animals in the wild. But what of plants in captive environments? Plants form a major part of all terrestrial animals’ environments, yet their inclusion in the field of environmental enrichment, has not been recognised to date (Field, 1998; Reinhardt, 2008; Stark, 1999; Young, 2003). Overlooked and undervalued plants have certainly not been utilised to their full capacity. Approaches will be revealed in this paper which explores how zoos might look to optimise the potential of plants to enrich the lives of captive animals.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 9th International Environmental Enrichment|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sep 2009|