Petrifying pumpkins no match for animals at Whipsnade

Animals at the UK’s largest Zoo took part in early Halloween celebrations on Monday 24 October, as part of ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s half-term Boo at the Zoo activities. 

African lion Khari was among the clawed creatures investigating spooky, carved, jack-o-lanterns, which zookeepers had filled with their favourite treats and hidden around their habitats. 
The conservation zoo’s ring-tailed lemurs spared no time removing the lids from the pumpkins and picking out the sweetcorn concealed inside, while greater one-horned rhino mum Behan and her daughter Zhiwa, for whom pumpkin itself is a special treat, had fun rolling the spooky vegetables around with their horns before munching on the tasty pumpkin flesh. 
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s Zoological Manager, Matthew Webb said: “With so many magical activities to delight families visiting us this half-term, we couldn’t let our incredible animals miss out on the fun.  
“Ring-tailed lemurs – which are sometimes known as the ‘ghosts of Madagascar’ - love nothing more than something new to investigate and the sweetcorn hidden inside the pumpkins was so delicious that some of them actually dived in head-first! 
“Khari, our spirited African lion, carefully rolled the jack-o-lanterns along the ground with his paw so that the meaty treats within fell out. Once he’d eaten all the meat, he focussed all his curious energy on playing with the pumpkins in much the same way a smaller cat might play with a ball of wool!” 
Valiant visitors to Boo at the Zoo can enjoy a whole cauldron of spooky wonders, from ghost-spotting on a steam train to a magic show and disco, and from decorating their own pumpkins to creepy crafts. Plus, families can learn all about the incredible animal adaptations used to survive nature’s most poisonous beasts.  
Best known for its colossal beasts, like the Zoo’s herd of endangered Asian elephants and two species of rhinoceros, the conservation zoo is home to 10,000 animals, from leaping lemurs to adorable otters. Autumn visitors will be able to see some of the Zoo’s recent additions, including a baby Asian elephant, playing with the herd. 
For hairy but not too scary Halloween fun, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo is dead set to be a spooktacular day out. Join in the fun from Saturday 22-Sunday 30 October by booking your tickets now.

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