Once again, not sure where to begin. This post like some others I've posted and noted the same, is overdue, as I've known about this for months, but it was brought to my attention right before Tunya's (Lion) shocking passing and then I lost four more Zoo friends in as many weeks.
Before the recent catalyst for this post, I wanted to do a post about this topic (Zoo Animal Enrichment) for some time, but now I don't even remember what the goal of that was, because this current outrage has blurred all previous thoughts.
If the Zoo had made any such "creatures" in any of their official Zoo efforts, why are they using three photos that highlight Items we created?
I have never seen any paper mache creatures other than the ones made by Lee. They made one attempt at paper mache (after both Lee and I passed on teaching them how to) and abandoned that after it took too much time and effort. I was the one who started the paper mache items (at least in recent times) with making a Ball for my precious Tony's (Siberian Tiger) 18th Birthday.
The go ahead came right before the 4th of July, so we wanted to go all out and have a big festive red, white and blue explosion of fun for the Cats!
"... your work has inspired the Animal Division and Education Department to team up to create a formal enrichment volunteer program to offer yourself, and others, the opportunity to earn volunteer hours while creating much-needed enrichment. I am hoping that you’ll be interested in taking on somewhat of a leadership role in this new program."
"This program is taking effect immediately." - For comment regarding this see below ***
"Due to these new guidelines, the only way anyone will be able to participate as an Enrichment Volunteer is to join us at Renew the Zoo events."
"Thanks again for inspiring this new opportunity"
So, all I have to say in addition to the obvious Thanks, but no Thanks, and what I've written below (***) is, this formed "Program" was designed specifically so that we would no longer be able to provide Toys for the Animals. They knew we would not participate in their program. They knew we could not, for it took too many hours at all given times to create what we did. Additionally, we were the only Two people doing this, and neither of us were some random people off the street. Having a Program is great (as I told Peterson and MacDonald) for new people. There was no reason except for the alleged issue Corinne had with us and the alleged issue Ingrid had against us doing something that it was her job make happen. The only ones who have lost out here are the Animals, for neither the "Committee" or the "Program" have produced regular Items.
With a negotiation between Lee and Corinne, we made Toys a few more times, but so many obstacles were created and untruths told that we eventually had no choice but to stop. Thankfully we were able to give Padang her 21st Milestone Birthday Party and do a collective Bear Birthday Party.
They note on the current website regarding Enrichment, "Zoo staff and volunteers work hard to provide the animals with something novel each day. Making enrichment is not easy; it takes creativity to make safe items for the animals that don't have tape, staples, glue, or toxic chemicals. For example, wrapping paper is often applied to boxes using peanut butter or a gluey mixture of flour and water".
Note: I was told by Debbie Marrin that San Francisco Zoological Society Board Member David Stanton (who has donated to Enrichment efforts) circulated a "questionaire" requesting information regarding what type and how many Items were needed for the Big Cats.
If the San Francisco Zoo does not want to provide Enrichment Toy Items to their Animals, there is nothing I can do about it, BUT they should not allude to the fact that they do, by using photos of Items made independent of their Staff efforts, AND doing so by using photos they have no permission to use.
As always, please expand the comments, as information of interest may be included.
Thank you ;)