August 08, 2017
BENEFITING: Butterfly Pavilion
EVENT DATE: Jun 10, 2017
HOORAY! Thank you to everyone who helped us to reach our original goal. We have added a $500 stretch goal to help purchase food to go in the toys! See our update for more information!
Butterfly Pavilion is an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Accredited Invertebrate Zoo located in Westminster, CO. We currently care for over 5,000 animals ranging from tarantulas, to butterflies, to octopuses!
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 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 they can be used by all of the octopuses that we care for at our facility.
1) The “Chest of Drawers” is a set of two toys where we will be able to hide all sorts of tasty treats. Unlike regular feedings, this chest of drawers will allow our octopus 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 hide food and provide different textures, colors, and weights for our octopus to experience. Fun fact: Octopuses are color blind, but they can tell differences in shade!
How can you help?
We cannot complete this project 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 our curious lady. In order to accomplish this, we need to work with a professional fabricator and that is where you, our wonderful supporters, come in. Your donation allows you to directly contribute to the care and well-being of our octopuses. 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 thank you for your support and we look forward to unveiling these toys soon!