Our animals get into the spirit of Halloween!

Our animals have been given their own carved pumpkins as a special Halloween treat.

Our troop of western lowland gorillas and families of lemurs received carved pumpkins to eat and play with as pumpkins are a great source of vitamins for the animals, as well as being the perfect play-thing.

Lynsey Bugg, curator of mammals, said: “Carved pumpkins are a great enrichment toy for the animals as well as being a novel snack. We fill them with their favourite fresh vegetables which they have to scoop out, and both gorilla family and the lemurs like to play with and eat them. The succulent flesh and plump seeds are a great addition to the animals’ regular diets as they are high in vitamins A, C, potassium, protein and fibre.”

It’s not only the animals who can get into the spooky spirit at the Zoo this autumn. Our popular Halloween festival returns for half term next week, from October 26 until November 3.

Called ‘Skeloween’, the half term event includes fun and gruesome activities all inspired by bones. Visitors can get under the skin of a range of animals and learn what fascinating stories skeletons can tell us, before heading for ‘Skeleton Skool’ in the Zoo’s Education Centre to get hands-on with a bone collection and examine animal x-rays.

Brave visitors can also visit the Zoo’s cobweb-covered ‘boneyard’, get up-close to some of the Zoo’s small, friendly creatures with a scary reputation in an ‘animal encounters’ session, and take part in Halloween crafts and face painting in the activity centre.

Skeloween is included in the general Zoo admission price and is sponsored by HSH Motor Group. Click here for more information.


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