Trick or treat at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

The animals at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo have been getting their fangs into some tasty treats for our Boo at the Zoo celebrations. The zoo keepers have been dishing up pumpkin platters to get our animals into the spooky spirit.

Meerkats Paul, George and Ringo have enjoyed a breakfast of crickets hidden inside Jack O ’Lanterns, while the Zoo’s oriental small-clawed otters were dished up fish-filled pumpkins as they joined in with the Halloween celebrations.

Lemur with a pumpkin halloween

Zookeepers have also been busy stuffing pumpkins full of spooky snacks for some of the other animals, including the chimpanzees and ring-tailed lemurs, to form part of their regular enrichment programme - stimulating their natural behaviours as they forage for the food inside.

Meerkat with pumpkin, halloween

Visitors to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo this half term can enjoy a day of fiendish fun at Boo at the Zoo , including a spine-tingling series of animal talks, feeds and demonstrations. Other devilish delights include terrifying touch tables and eerie enrichment-making workshops, as well as creepy crafts where children can make menacing masks or trick-or-treat lanterns.

Chimp with pumpkin, halloween

Otter with pumpkin, halloween

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