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By Jordan Perrin, Mechanical Engineering; Frank Bolek, Chemical Engineering; Michael Mallory, Industrial Design
Advisor: Francis Russell
Presentation ID: PM_ATRIUM21
Abstract: Class: PD 2030 Inquiry to Innovation: Cincinnati Zoo Challenge (UC Forward and Honors) Advisor: David Orban, Animal Excellence Coordinator, CZBG, David.Orban@cincinnatizoo.org This interdisciplinary team design project was carried out during the spring semester of 2019 as a part of the UC Forward Inquiry to Innovation Class. Student teams collaborated with the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden to produce and test animal enrichment prototypes for use in the exhibits of fours species at the Zoo, including Malayan Tigers, Giraffes, Little Penguins, and the Rhinoceros Hornbill. Teamwork included researching species behavior, best practices in animal enrichment and animal exhibit design. Applied research included prototype design and fabrication and behavior observation of the prototypes in use by the animals. Animals in zoos and other forms of captivity are often provided with different forms of enrichment such as a variety of foods, puzzles, and exercise equipment. These enrichments are meant to stimulate natural behaviors and increase the quality of life for the animal at the zoo. Enrichment is also used as an educational tool for visitors to learn more about the animal and its natural habitat. For this project, the natural behaviors of the Rhinoceros Hornbill were researched. It was discovered that these birds are highly intelligent animals that are native to the rainforest. Our enrichment focuses on their preening and bathing behaviors and problem-solving skills. This project focuses on finding a way to allow them to bathe and clean their beaks in the exhibit while also stimulating their problem-solving skills.