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Red River Zoo Hosts Enrichment Day

Zoo visitors got the chance to help some of their favorite animals.

The Red River Zoo hosted its annual "All About Enrichment" day Saturday.

Guests painted pinatas and then got to see the animals play with their creations.

The captive creatures -- like the zoo's famous Red Pandas -- need frequent enrichment to stay happy.

It simulates activities animals would normally do in the wild -- like exploring and making choices.

Zoo staff says enrichment is something they practice on a regular basis.

Sally Jacobson/ Red River Zoo: There's a lot of things we do to stimulate natural behavior with the animals and to help ease stress with training... and also just to keep those animals psychologically and physically healthy.

Staff members say they're always happy to answer questions about your favorite animals.

You can visit the Red River Zoo any day in the summer between 10 AM and 7 PM.

Catherine Ross

Catherine joined the WDAY 6 News team as a reporter and photographer in April of 2014 and is honored to bring you stories from around the Red River Valley. She grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis and got her first taste of the news industry during a high school mentorship at Fox 9 in the Twin Cities. Catherine graduated from Emerson College in Boston where she participated in the student-run TV station WEBN and spent a semester in Washington, DC working at Voice of America. Those opportunities gave her a front-row seat to the 2012 Presidential election cycle, reporting at the Iowa Caucuses, Republican National Convention and President Obama’s second inauguration. Now happy to be back closer to family, Catherine enjoys exploring the nature and culture of the upper Midwest. She’s an avid runner, novice foodie and lifelong Twins fan. If you have any story ideas or just want to say hello, Catherine would love to hear from you!

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