Hornbills, like many bird species, have their own needs when it comes to enrichment. Diane Longenecker, who is the Senior Keeper-Birds at ABQ BioPark-Rio Grande Zoo in Albuquerque, NM, approached Otto Environmental about creating unique enrichment devices that utilize natural Abyssinian Hornbill behavior.
Otto Environmental owner and Senior Enrichment Designer, Jeff Otto, has now designed two different enrichment devices for Hornbills: the Hornbill Forage Tube and the Hornbill Forager. Watch Maybelline, the Abyssinian Hornbill, enjoy working for her meal as she explores the depths of the Forage Tube.
While initially made for Hornbills, these unique feeders can provide many opportunities for enrichment of many large avian species.
The Forage Tube’s spinning drum is made of heavy duty fabric, with slats in which to hide food and treats. It is adjustable, so the openings can be sized appropriately for the needs of the bird. It includes an eye-bolt for hanging high or low. It measures 23″ long and 7.5″ in diameter (58cm x 19cm). Go to our online store to see more or to purchase.
Go here to see and read more about the Hornbill Forager.
Special thanks to Diane Longenecker of the Rio Grande Zoo in Albuquerque, NM.