“Look these, these buoys are placed out in the water.
Uh… generally the ones that are yellow are a special mark and they’re just used to indicate uh that there’s an item or something in the area that needs to be
steered clear of. Uhm… and these buoys do come adrift in storms and uh… end up
floating around as a navigation hazard or washing up on shore and uh… they are retrieved by our department and uh… these ones have been in storage for some time and not been
claimed so we’re able to donate them to the Zoo for the animals to play with.” … … “Ah… the buoys are great because they’re lion sized, they’re fantastic for animals of this size
and obviously they’re quite strong. They have powerful jaws and they might try and chew on them at
some stage, so we need to be careful that, that they can’t actually break them or pull bits off which we’re
pretty confident that, that these buoys are up to our lions. It’s really important to keep all animals
that are kept in captivity for conservation, gotta keep them entertained so, uhm… they’ve got a beautiful big exhibit out here
but it is the same exhibit every day, so we try to do something every day to stimulate their senses and make it exciting. The other thing we can do for them
is to smere some scents on them; whether it be meat juices or
essential oils or something like that so they are quite, quite adaptable and
we can turn them into whatever we want as far as broadening the enrichment goes it’s not
just the buoy; it can be other things for them as well.” “Theyre good, uhm… for stimulation, you know mentally and physically.
Obviously it’s a big, in this case a big yellow object
so there’s something new in their territory so they usually go up and check it out and uh… smack it around, and Uh… when they roll then they make noise; all that sort of thing.
It’s all great stuff. You know that always help stimulate them as well.”