From bubble baths to soothing music to a spritz of their favorite cologne.
“Our male jaguar really likes Obsession for men. We tried Obsession for women, he wasn’t interested in that.”
Zoo animals appear to have gotten a taste for the exotic.
“We don’t know what they are going to react to so we try all sorts of different scents and different spices, even with toys we try all sorts of different toys.”
Across the country, zoos are finding creative ways to engage the animals and spice up their environments. At the Milwaukee County Zoo that includes a Mrs. Potato Head for Ethel, who’s all arms.
“She has to kind of work for her food and that’s another great way to stimulate animals in a zoo facility.”
Some days they like some scents more than others. When zookeepers spread elephant dung and sprayed old spice, they stopped briefly by the dung. But B’alam and Zean loved the lemongrass on the log.
But it’s the bubble baths that have been a big hit for the hyenas.
“We are trying to get them to breed. Hyenas are extremely hard to breed in captivity. It doesn’t happen all that often. So any kind of anything we can try to encourage the natural behaviors.”