The sense of smell is extremely important to animals, it
helps them to understand their environment and who is in
it. It also gives them a way to mark their place in the
world. Providing new smells in an animal's exhibit can cause
excitement or alarm and often triggers territorial behaviors
like rubbing and scent marking. A wide variety of scents
are used for enrichment, including spices, perfumes and
urine, as well as animal fur.
Our clouded and Amur leopards like poultry seasoning, cardamom,
dirty tapir straw and binturong fur. The tigers love "Obsession"
and "Charlie" perfumes. The camels aren't very
picky, they like most food extracts. On the other hand,
the tapirs, tree kangaroos, binturongs and gibbons are very
particular - they go for banana extract!