Smashing pumpkins at ZSL London Zoo

Breakfast time had a macabre makeover this Halloween at ZSL London Zoo – as zookeepers treated the animals to some fiendishly fun activities. 

While kids all over the country prepare for the spookiest night of the year, the Zoo’s Western-lowland gorillas woke up to a giant pumpkin patch to explore in their Gorilla Kingdom home.

Also getting into the Halloween spirit, the Zoo’s mischievous mob of Bolivian black-capped squirrel monkeys faced a fiendish row of suspended baby pumpkins, while giraffes Ellish, Maggie and Mollie found juicy leaves inside their own carved creation.

ZSL’s Head of Primates Dan Simmonds said: “While some children may think it’s more of a trick than a treat to get vegetables for Halloween, our gorillas love everything about this spooktacular snack.

“They got to show off their strength to smash them open, and they loved scooping out the gooey insides. We filled a few with an extra ghoulish surprise too: their favourite sugar-free lime jelly.

“And just like children trick or treating, our squirrel monkeys used every trick up their sleeve to get their hands on some treats - wriggly mealworms hidden inside mini pumpkins, hanging from the trees in their home.” 

Head to the 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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