BENEFITING: Butterfly Pavilion
EVENT DATE: Jun 10, 2017
Butterfly Pavilion is an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Accredited Invertebrate Zoo located in Westminster, CO. We earned our AZA accreditation in 2014, and currently care for over 5,000 animals ranging from tarantulas, to butterflies, to octopuses! You can visit our website at www.butterflies.org to learn more about who we are and what we do.
About This Project
A critical part of animal care is ensuring that animals have access to enrichment. Enrichment is a fancy word for any object or activity that encourages an animal to display natural behaviors, reduces their stress, allows them control over their environment, or makes them think. We have developed two separate designs for Crackers, our Common Octopus, so that she can explore and learn during her time on exhibit. The best part is, the toys that we have designed will last a long time so whenever Crackers is rotated off exhibit, we can give them to another octopus.
1) The “Chest of Drawers” is a set of two toys where we will be able to hide all sorts of tasty treats for Crackers. Unlike her regular feedings, this chest of drawers will allow Crackers to “hunt” for her food by having her to reach into compartments, pull out drawers, and even twist a knob!
2) The “Ring Toy” will also be able to hide food for Crackers. It will have different textures, colors, and weights for her to experience. Fun fact: Octopuses are color blind, but they can tell differences in shade!
How can you help?
We chose to post a crowdfunding page for this project because we literally cannot do it without YOU! These toys will be used in a marine environment, so it is crucial that we use materials that are salt-water resistant and safe for the octopuses. In order to accomplish this, we need to work with a professional fabricator. That is where you, our wonderful supporters, come in. Your donation is tax deductible, and this is an amazing opportunity to directly contribute to the care and well-being of the octopuses at our zoo. We have created three funding levels adding up to $1,500. Each level will allow us to purchase one toy:
$440 gets us Chest of Drawers #1!
$440 more (for a total of $880) gets us Chest of Drawers #2!
$620 more (for a total of $1,500) gets us the Ring Toy!
All of us here at the Butterfly Pavilion (and Crackers!) thank you for your support and we look forward to unveiling these toys in the future!