Warner-Hough, M. 2024. Enriching the lives of zebra finches. Laboratory Animal Science Professional 12(1) (January/February), 28-30.

Zebra finches are an uncommon animal model in the biomedical industry but are widely used in language development, memory, and learning studies. Native to Australia, they are desert birds that like warm days and 40%+ relative humidity. As a social species, they should be kept in aviaries of small or large groups with enrichment that helps them maintain and exhibit wild-type behavioral traits. As with all laboratory animals, efforts need to be made to provide enrichment and stimulation. This article describes various environmental enrichment strategies for zebra finches, including: perch swings, millet spray, baths, nesting material, perch cups, and lettuce.

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