Got some perfumes you didn't like as a Christmas gift?
Well, instead of keeping them at your medicine cabinet forever, why don't you donate them to the Benham zoo who posted a call for donations on their website asking for "old or unwanted Xmas perfumes" as part of their big cat's enrichment programs to encourage tigers and leopards to express their natural behaviors. And yes, the preferred fragrance is "Obsession" by Calvin Klein.
According to the Zoo's request for donations, scents play important role in any enrichment program for big cats:
"For several years now, zoo keeper's all over the world have been aware that scent can play an important part in their enrichment programs, providing animals with opportunities to express natural behaviors and many species, especially big cats, respond very positively to unique scents when sprayed in their enclosures", they noted on their statement.
To encourage more donations, the zoo included a video showing tigers and leopards contentedly rubbing against and scratching surfaces sprayed with perfume.
While the zoo did not limit the donations to specific fragrances, they did note an interesting observation:
Apparently, their tigers and leopards do have some clear preference: "Our big cats definitely react positively when scents are used as part of their enrichment program. For some reason, Calvin Klein perfume is a huge hit with all big cats but in all honesty, any perfumes work well and we do like to offer them a variety of different smells," the zoo's animal manager, Mike Woolham, said in a statement.
Here's what you can do with your leftover perfumes:
You can either drop them off with the zoo's admissions department or you can just mail it to Zoo Animal Management, Banham Zoo, Kenninghall Road, Banham, Norfolk, NR16 2HE.
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