Animal Enrichment Tree 2019 Requested Items

Give the Gift of Enrichment

Share the fun! Participate in the 2019 Louisville Zoo Enrichment Tree.

The Louisville Zoo Enrichment Tree, presented by the Louisville Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK), is similar to the Angel Trees seen inside malls. The difference is that your donations go to help your favorite Zoo animals get new enrichment items! These enrichment items increase behavioral choices, provide engagement and stimulation and draw out species-appropriate behaviors and abilities, thus enhancing animal welfare. Learn more about enrichment at the Zoo here.

It’s easy to participate!

  • You can purchase an item outright from the list below and provide the item to the Zoo receptionist during regular business hours.

—Or —

  • You can choose a paw print tag decorating the tree located on the Zoo’s front plaza starting in December. Each tag lists a dollar amount. Amounts vary from $5 to $100 so everyone can participate. Simply remove a tag and take it into the gift shop where you can make your donation. The money you donate will go toward purchasing enrichment items for the animals.

Just be sure to provide your purchased items or your tag to the Zoo receptionist during regular business hours by Dec. 31, 2019.

Requested Items:

Animal Hospital (AHC) & Conservation Center

  • Feeders Supply gift card
  • Home Depot gift card
  • Artificial plants
  • Visa of Master Gift Cards
  • Ben Franklin Crafts gift card
  • Dee’s crafts gift card
  • PetSmart gift card
  • Cat exercise wheel (One Fast Cat)
  • Large Parrot Swing — no chains/ropes
  • Video/ Visual baby monitor

Boma African Petting Zoo

  • Lead cordless drill
  • Towels any size
  • Spices
  • Tool kit
  • Soft peppermints
  • Mirror for wall or door
  • Jolly ball
  • Branch trimmers
  • Lowe’s or Visa gift cards
  • Feeders Supply gift card


  • Box fans
  • Small mirrors
  • Artificial green plants, large leaves preferred for hiding places (no vines)
  • Oscillating sprinklers with fan speed
  • Opaque shower curtains and rings
  • Small hanging “wild” bird feeder.
  • Small tankless water heater
  • Zip ties for hanging enrichment
  • Clear tarps
  • 1/2″ manilla rope (Home Depot)
  • Aquarium bubbler and pump
  • Uncolored cotton ropes 1/2″ preferred (like clothesline)
  • White noise machine
  • 1 – 2 small radio / CD players
  • Laser pointer
  • Dive sticks
  • small microwave
  • Lowe’s gift card
  • Joann’s crafts gift card
  • Feeders Supply gift card


  • Fun shaped cookie cutters all sizes
  • Large ice ball molds

Elephants/ Rhino

  • Spices
  • Tractor Supply gift card
  • Flavored Tea packets
  • Lowe’s gift card
  • 3/8 in. solid nylon rope in 100 ft. increments (need 400 ft. to make one hay bag)
  • gift cards


  • Yogurt covered raisins
  • Fruit Chews
  • Peppermints
  • Horse treats
  • Spices and extracts
  • Shires Ball Feeder (hexagon-shaped)
  • LIKIT tongue twister toy
  • LIKIT boredom breaker
  • Jolly Pets amazing graze toy
  • Hay Ball
  • Bamboozle Feeder
  • Sod
  • 8–10 inch zip ties
  • Paper lawn bags

Glacier Run (polar bears, grizzly bears, seals & sea lions)

  • Small portable CD player
  • Whole Foods gift card
  • Jolly eggs 12″
  • gift card
  • Large roll of butcher paper
  • Instrumental music CDs
  • Pool skimmer nets
  • Essential oils

Gorilla Forest

  • Lowe’s gift card
  • Home Depot gift card
  • Non-toxic washable kids paint (Crayola)
  • following items: feeder tube any size, the honeycomb feeder, 14” klinker ball, looky lou, saurus egg, bobbin, stump
  • Tall  door mirror
  • AM / FM radio
  • gift card
  • Feeders Supply gift card
  • Pet Smart gift card
  • Monkey hammock
  • Roll of brown packing paper
  • Aromatherapy / essential oils


  • Lowe’s gift card
  • Home Depot gift card
  • Sandy’s pet shop gift card

Islands (orangutans, siamangs, tapir, babirusas, tigers)

  • Large paper lawn bags
  • Burlap bags
  • Aromatherapy essential oils
  • Kind adventure jumbo blocks beginner set
  • Original IPad charger 30 pin
  • Rubbermaid stock tanks (not metal) found at Tractor Supply
  • Home Depot gift card
  • Lowe’s gift card
  • Feeders Supply gift card
  • Sandy’s pet shop gift card
  • Large heavy-duty carabiner clips
  • Boomer balls all sizes
  • Target gift card
  • Streamers, piñatas, birthday decorations, fun plastic cups
  • gift cards
  • Cheap new body or bed pillows
  • Horse brush/grooming supplies
  • Large boxes
  • Roll of brown butcher/ packing paper
  • Blankets and sheets
  • Large towels
  • Small mammal/ bird toys
  • Toddler toys (no easy removable parts)
  • gift card
  • Natural woven balls (like for rabbits and guinea pigs)

Metazoo Discovery Center (Education)

Most Items found at Feeders Supply

  • Shredding parrot toys
  • Apple Sticks
  • Wooden Parrot toys
  • Rodent chew sticks
  • Wood Ledge
  • Wood Chew toys
  • Parrot Cozy Corner
  • Whiffle balls
  • Small wood hanging toys
  • Small cat bed
  • Large solid running wheel.
  • 24 – 36 inch strip light
  • Sandy’s Pet Shop gift card
  • Feeders Supply gift card
  • Small jolly ball
  • Cat tree
  • Zip ties
  • Lowe’s gift card
  • Home Depot gift card
  • Wildlife Toy Box gift card
  • Small artificial plants
  • Cuttlebones
  • Reptile heating pads

Valley (maned wolves, wallabies, lemurs, big cats)

  • Cylinder heavy duty 7″ x 28″ (
  • Pill heavy duty 14″ x 10″ (
  • Feeders Supply gift card
  • Lowe’s or Home Depot gift cards
  • Tall cat scratching post w/multi levels
  • Boomer balls of any size and color
  • Wildlife Toy Box gift card