27/03/2018

Easter Enrichment at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Easter eggs came early for some lucky animals at Bristol Zoo Gardens!

The family of Visayan warty pigs and the Zoo’s colony of meerkats were each given giant egg-shaped pinatas.

Inside each of the colourful pinatas was their favourite food of mealworms.

The four warty pigs, who are 10 months old, and their mum wasted no time in burying their noses inside the eggs to reach the worms.

Mammal keeper Olivia Perkins said: “They are such intelligent animals, just like pet dogs, and although they don’t see as wide a spectrum as we do, they are drawn to different colours.”

The Zoo’s 11 meerkats also raced towards the big eggs when they were placed in their enclosure.

In fact, two or three of them completely disappeared inside the eggs as they burrowed to find their treats.

Olivia said: “Meerkats love eggs. Our meerkats are given a raw egg once a month and they love rolling them and trying to get into them, so these giant eggs are something special for them.”

But it is not only the animals who are having at fun Bristol Zoo this Easter. There are a host of great family activities each day throughout the school holidays.

Children can go on a fun Egg Discovery Trail around the Zoo to find out which animals lay which eggs.

Each youngster will be given a trail card and sheet of  stickers and then they can go on a mini-voyage of discovery taking them to all four corners of the 181-year-old Zoo.

Along the way they will find out some fun facts about animals and discover which eggs they lay.

There is also a special game of I Spy in which people will have to identify which of the hundreds of animals in the Zoo is the quickest.

Not only that, but there is another game called Guess Who? in which big close-up pictures of animals’ eyes will appear all around the Zoo.

Visitors can work out which eye belongs to which animal. There will also be plenty to do in the Activity Centre at the heart of the Zoo, with the chance for children to spend time colouring and making Easter arts and crafts and get their face painted.

Families can also save money when tickets are booked online. For every adult ticket bought, a child can come into the Zoo free of charge.

Please Note: Child Goes Free offer strictly permits only one child free with each paying adult. Additional child tickets will need to be purchased separately. Craft activities and face painting will incur an additional small charge.

Bristol Zoo Gardens is a conservation and education charity and relies on the generous support of the public not only to fund its important work in the Zoo, but also its vital conservation and research projects spanning five continents.

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