Pumpkin to talk about

Lemurs, pygmy hippos and tigers have been getting into the Halloween spirit this week as ZSL London Zoo counts down to a week of fiendish family fun during October half-term

Pygmy hippo with carved pumpkin

While kids all over the country prepare for the spookiest night of the year, Sumatran tiger Asim got his paws on a giant ghoulish gourd, ripping it apart to enjoy the meaty feast hidden inside. 

Joining the fun, the Zoo’s spirited group of ring-tailed lemurs, named after the ghosts of Roman mythology, played trick or treat - choosing between a fiendish row of suspended baby pumpkins or mini cauldrons filled with delicious fresh veg - while pygmy hippo Thug chomped his way through his very own pumpkin patch, forming a very spooky assault course.

ZSL London Zoo’s Animal Operations Manager Angela Ryan said: “Since visitors will get to explore our exciting new Pumpkin Patch this half-term, keepers felt it was only fair the animals also get in on the action.

“Just like children trick or treating, our lemurs used every trick up their sleeve to get their hands on their hanging treats, while our pygmy hippos had fun stomping on their own spooky squashes.

photo - tiger looking at pumpkin

“Keepers even carved out some grisly fun for playful big cat Asim to sink his paws into – which families can find out more about at Grim Keepers, our new tour exploring the more gruesome side of nature.” 

Head to ZSL London Zoo this autumn half-term for a packed week of fun events, including creepy arts and crafts, spooky tours and family pictures at the all-new Pumpkin Patch. Free with Zoo entry. 

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