Jumbo Easter fun for Zoo’s elephants

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s herd of Asian elephants enjoyed a jumbo treat this Easter – with their very own egg hunt.

Scott the baby elephant playing with easter eggs with his Mum

Keepers placed hollowed papier mache Easter eggs around the enclosure for the herd of elephants, including two year old Scott and his Mum Azizah, to delve inside for hidden treats.

An egg-stra addition to their daily enrichment programme, the Easter treats encouraged the elephants to search for their favourite snacks which were carefully hidden inside, and provided something new for the nosey youngsters to investigate. Scott definitely got into the swing of things as he naughtily smashed opened his eggs and flung his peanuts into the air.

Scott the baby elephant playing with easter eggs and peanuts

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is home to a herd of ten Asian elephants, with baby Max born to mum Karishma in October 2013.  The elephants regularly enjoy a stroll around the 600-acre Zoo, walking along trunk-to-tail on a two and a half mile walk.

Classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List of threatened species, the population of Asian elephants is estimated to be just 30,000 to 35,000 in the wild. Their numbers have declined by at least 50 per cent over the last three generations due to habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation.


Easter Eggstravaganza!

The Easter bunny has been causing mischief and hidden his golden eggs with the bunnies and chicks!

From 18 - 21 April, collect a quiz sheet from the farm and solve the clues to win a chocolaty treat from the Easter bunny himself, who will make an appearance on the hour every hour between 11am and 3pm.


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