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If the monkey ain’t happy…
ain’t nobody happy!

We enjoy helping our Non-human primate friends thrive through creative enrichment and
care. It's so rewarding to watch the monkeys enjoy various enrichment toys or activities
and enjoy their days at OPR!

SAFETY FIRST: Safety is always an important factor when designing enrichment toys and
devices. Monkeys are like inquisitive toddlers and can get their hands, fingers or other
body parts stuck in the most unique places! Special care is taken to make sure the items we
provide are durable and safe for the monkeys. Any hole sizes on toys or other items
provided to the monkeys are designed to be larger than a monkey's finger and smaller than
a monkey's hand. This prevents them from getting fingers or hands stuck in any device!

Enrichment can also be activities such as watching a movie, or hearing and smelling
popcorn being popped, and then eating some! Playing in the water running from a hose, or
going for a swim in the pool are great summer activities. In the summer we often times make
'monkey pops' where containers are filled with various nuts and fruits, covered with water
and frozen!

Blowing bubbles for the monkeys to chase and pop during the winter is a great form of
indoor enrichment! Or giving them crickets or meal worms in clear containers with tight
fitting lids provides not only fun, but a tasty snack when they remove the lids!

Monkeys enjoy looking through and tearing up magazines with a lot of colored photos,
snuggling in warm polar fleece blankets, or grooming teddy bears!

We are always thinking of new enrichment ideas to keep the monkeys entertained!
OPR Monkey Chef "Lani"
prepares food
enrichment for the
monkeys.
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Monkeys enjoy our home made
banana feeders!
PVC puzzle feeders!
Great Food enrichment ideas!
Volunteers making enrichment toys to
enrich the lives of our primates!
Popcorn and
a movie night
The best enrichment of all
is companionship with
their own kind!
Water Fun!

While one may benefit
greatly from having a
stuffed teddy bear, another
may not even touch it, or
another may tear it apart
and eat the stuffing, which
could create a medical
emergency! One monkey
may enjoy hearing corn
being popped, but another
may be frightened from the
popping sound!

Getting to know each
individual is critically
important in designing a
safe and successful
enrichment program for
each individual monkey!
Coring out a hole
in a yam and an
apple, and filling
the hole in each
with the core of
the other is also
interesting for a
monkey!
Poking unsalted
sunflower seeds
into an apple, or
making fruit and
nut ice cube trays
are great
enrichment!
Some of our monkeys favorite enrichment products from
Bio-Serv
(great gift ideas!)
Primate Busy Box
can be used in so
many ways and
are a favorite at
OPR!

Smearing peanut
butter on the tube
inside of the box
and covering with
trail mix of other
treats keeps the
monkeys busy for
hours!
Super Challenger
Our monkeys
enjoy working the
'Prima Treats' out
of this durable
puzzle feeder!
Monkeys love seeing their mirror image
in the balls and the way they wobble
when they roll!

Enrichment Items or
activities considered safe
and successful in one
monkey may be unsafe or
unsuccessful in another!