How to help while shopping online with SHOP RAISE

As you may have heard, Amazon Smiles ended their program months ago.  
GREAT NEWS “SHOP RAISE” comes to the rescue

CLICK HERE ShopRaise Landing Page for Animal Enrichment Systems

We found a great replacement, Shop Raise which is free to use that donates a portion of every purchase to our nonprofit (you can just type in Animal Enrichment Systems, or any charity name in the search area) . Shop Raise has a list of 100’s of popular merchants (Walmart, Home Depot, Chewy, Lowes, etc)

You set up an account (you will be a “supporter”), download the ap on your phone or deskop and choose from the list of merchants.    Animal Enrichment systems will get a check each time the percentage of donations hit $50.  You get an email saying thank you for supporting your cause.

How ShopRaise works video link –

BONUS::;;From Shop Raise: Take advantage of the NEW PROMOTION this fall to help your organization raise more! ShopRaise will make a $5.00 Bonus Donation* to your organization when your supporters shop using the ShopRaise app for their first or next order of $50.00 or more. This is in addition to the retailer contribution (one per supporter). This is a limited time offer. 

Remember to use Shop Raise each time you make an online purchase!

Our newest Environmental Enrichment project – Spider Monkeys!

We are working with Dr. Darby Proctor & Dr. Kate Talbot, professors in the School of Psychology at Florida Tech, and software engineer Jayden Cammarata to develop a first-in-kind, low-cost, computerized testing apparatus for the spider monkeys at Brevard Zoo. The apparatus will allow the spider monkeys to play cognitive “games” using a touchscreen and receive small treats for correct choices. Scientists can evaluate how the monkeys perform on these games to learn more about how they think and make decisions. Cognitive and behavioral testing provides monkeys with mental stimulation and is considered a form of enrichment since it occupies their time and helps monkeys stay engaged with their environment.

Brevard Zoo Bear Birthday Bash!

We visited Brevard Zoo on Saturday to celebrate their bear birthday bash! All three of their Florida black bears are estimated to have been born around this time of the year. Beautiful Cheyenne was napping. Baby Betty Bear and Brody were playing and enjoying all their snack filled enrichment.

The Holiday Shopping Season is upon us – Please consider Smile Amazon for Animal Enrichment Systems – Thank you!!

You can also help by choosing Animal Enrichment Systems (Melbourne, FL) the next time you shop through Amazon Smiles. This is no cost to you and Amazon Smiles donates a portion of the sales to our not for profit.

AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives.

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones. When you shop with AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.

What is the AmazonSmile Charity Lists program?

AmazonSmile Charity Lists is a meaningful and easy way for you to shop and donate items directly to charities in need. Simply find the charities you’d like to support, add items from their lists to your cart, and check out – it’s that easy. To learn more, visit or tap Charity Lists on the “Programs & Features” menu in the Amazon Shopping app on your mobile phone.

When you are all set to shop and each time you shop go to and it will remember your account and make that your home page. Your screen should look like this: 

Critter Cart Update

Critter Cart

This is a photo of the main control card that will become the brains of the EED (environmental enrichment device). Once completed, this will control the shower, feeder, fan and music features. The aviary cart will now be called “Critter Cart”. This is being built for ZooTampa and can be wheeled throughout the zoo.

Sound test today. The speakers are in, and the bird chirp sounds work. There is still more work to be done. We are happy that the all the intricate wiring in the control panel “brains” works! We are designing/building this Environmental enrichment device (EED) for ZooTampa