Behavioral & Environmental Enrichment

Charles River is dedicated to continued excellence in providing enhancements to the well-being of all the research animals we produce and work with in our activities. This involves programs that enrich the animals’ environment and provide for their behavioral needs, including:

  • Dynamic environmental enrichment programs that consider species-specific welfare requirements.
  • Proactive management programs that provide physiological and behavioral well-being for our animals.
  • Ongoing commitment to develop best practices in behavioral management and environmental enrichment strategies.

Related Resource

A Guide to the Behavior & Enrichment of Laboratory Rodents

Covering species-typical behavior as well as abnormal/malfunctional behavior and stereotypes observed in mice, rats, hamsters and gerbils, this is an excellent resource for those looking to implement or enhance an existing behavioral husbandry and enrichment program. Detailed ethograms (behavior charts) are included for most species covered, as well as charts and photographic examples to help researchers in their observation and quantification of their animals’ behaviors.