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Pinecone Surprise


Food-Based Enrichment


Most land mammals

Food Extraction

Oral Manipulation



Why We Like It

Pinecones are very easy to obtain and are a great natural enrichment that encourages small animals to use their minds and bodies to extract food. This enrichment takes very little time to prepare and will keep animals busy for a while.

  • Pinecone

  • Nuts, seeds, insects, or other small foods

  • Optional: honey, peanut butter, etc

How to Make It
  1. Thoroughly clean the pinecone and ensure it is rid of all insects, parasites, mold, or other potentially harmful substances

  2. Fill pinecone scales with small foods. You may coat the pinecone in honey or other sticky food to help the foods stick

WildThink did not create and does not own any of the enrichment items shown on WildThink's enrichment database. Enrichment items are the property of their respective "sources", which can be found below the title of each enrichment item. WildThink is not responsible for any animal injuries or deaths that may occur whilst using enrichment found on WildThink's enrichment database. It is the responsibility of animal caretakers, managers, curators, and attending veterinarians to ensure that each enrichment item and the materials used to make the enrichment item are safe and suitable for an animal prior to use. WildThink is not liable for enrichment malfunctions.

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