The last time Lake Havasu Girl Scout troops 2400 and 2276 collected supplies such as blankets, jeans and materials to make bird enrichments for Keepers of the Wild in Valentine, Ariz., was in 2019, right before the pandemic hit.
And they were able to return with more animal treats May 7.
The girls have visited the sanctuary and worked on making different enrichments for the animals. Enrichments are anything that is added to an animal’s habitat that stimulates their senses or promotes natural behaviors.
The girls made jean toys for the tigers, pinecones with peanut butter and raisins for the primates and raccoons, boxes stuffed with paper and oil scents for the coyotes, bob cats and foxes – and a “ton” of bird toys.
When the enrichments were completed, they got to go with the Keeper around the park and watch the Keeper give the animals their enrichments.
An exciting moment for the girls is when one tiger grabbed the jeans and rolled them around on its giant toy ball. Another tiger happily threw the jeans in the air and caught them.
It was rewarding for the girls to see that they helped these beautiful animals.