Pumpkin-spiced lions

Nothing says ‘autumn’ like pumpkin-spiced treats and jumping into a mountain of fallen leaves – which is exactly what zookeepers at ZSL London Zoo arranged for the Asiatic lions. 

The playful pride marked the turn of the season by pouncing on a giant pile of colourful leaves, scented with our special blend of warming spices – purrfected with the four felines in mind. 

ZSL London Zoo lion keeper Tara Humphrey said: “Just like kids around the country this half-term, Heidi, Indi, Rubi and Bhanu dived right into the massive mound of leaves - scented with cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. 

“The lions loved using their incredible sense of smell to explore the new aromatic scents in their territory – besides, who doesn’t love a pumpkin spiced leaf pile?”

Asiatic lioness in the leaves at ZSL London Zoo

Head to ZSL London Zoo this autumn half-term for a packed day of fun events, including the exciting live show Gruesome Nature Live! free with Zoo entry. 

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