At Mundomar, the nature park in Benidorm, the wellbeing of its animals is a priority, which is why a protocol has been activated to deal with the high temperatures that are affecting most of Spain.
One of the measures included in this protocol, designed by the keepers and those responsible for the comfort of the animals at Mundomar, is the provision of succulent and refreshing ice creams for the different species of animals in the complex.
These juicy snacks are made with a high percentage of water (ice) together with the food of the different types of animals, such as fruit and vegetables in the case of lemurs, fish for otters or meat for meerkats.
Therefore, the animals are able to eat their food with an extra supply of hydration to face the heat in a healthy way.
These special ice creams are offered in a very fun way, almost like a game for the animals that make up the great family of Mundomar.
This game is part of Mundomar's Environmental Enrichment Plan, the aim of which is to encourage the natural behaviour of each species and achieve their maximum wellbeing.
Ice cream is considered a food enrichment because it changes the way the food is presented to the animals, as well as the way it is obtained, as each species will use a different strategy to eat it (chewing it open, melting it in water, breaking it into smaller fragments by throwing it from a height... are some examples).
This type of actions also have a sensory component, as the contact with the cold surface of the ice is a different sensation for them that stimulates their senses.