While kids all over the country prepare for the spookiest night of the year, residents at ZSL London Zoo will be celebrating Halloween with some fiendishly fun activities of their own.
The Zoo’s Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) siblings Achilles and Karis will be playfully pawing at pumpkins in their Tiger Territory home.
Also getting into the Halloween spirit, the Zoo’s Humboldt penguin (Spheniscus humboldti) colony will be delving into puzzling pumpkins on Penguin Beach to fetch their fishy treats, while the Zoo’s mob of squirrel monkeys (Saimiri boliviensis) will face a fiendish row of suspended pumpkins to find their favourite nibbles.
ZSL’s Zoological Manager Mark Habben said: “We provide a variety of activities for all of our animals all year round to encourage them to use their natural skills - like digging or sniffing out their next meal.
“Halloween is a great time for us to get creative, and give our animals puzzles and food that some people may think of as a bit ghoulish.
“While we humans might think of pumpkins stuffed with food such as fish or blood as more of a trick than a treat, they are not only a firm favourite of the tigers and penguins, but an important part of these species’ diets.”
Don’t miss ZSL’s annual spooktacular, Boo at the Zoo, taking place daily until 31 October.