Art and science combine for zoo enrichment design project


TCU Zoo Enrichment Course

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The zoo enrichment course returned for its second year with the same goal – to design an object or structure to develop instinctive behaviors and boost activity for animals at the Fort Worth Zoo.  School of Art students collaborated with peers in the College of Science and Engineering to create structures for primates and enrichment toys for giraffes.

This initiative started by Professor Cameron Schoepp in the School of Art and Professor Victoria Bennett in the College of Science and Engineering is a real world example of how our students will be able to apply their critical thinking skills, research skills and art skills.

It has become increasingly clear that in order for students to succeed after graduation, they need to be able to cross boundaries and disciplines.

“The excitement our students experienced when they saw that their research and hard work had come to fruition with the animals at the zoo was amazing,” said Dick Lane, chair of the School of Art. “Knowing that they were enriching the lives of the animals will leave a lasting impact not only on our students but also for the animals as well.”

Learn more about this course at TCU Magazine.