It's Halloween, and that means zoo animals around the world are enjoying encounters with pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes. Animals' reactions to pumpkins vary, but critters may sniff, munch on, or completely destroy their pumpkin treats.
The pumpkins are more than a seasonal celebration - they serve as enrichment for zoo residents. Enrichment provides physical, mental, or sensory stimulation and encourages natural behaviors in animals. Happy Halloween from ZooBorns!
Photo Credits (top to bottom)
Ring-tailed Lemur: Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
Galapagos Tortoise: San Diego Zoo
Komodo Dragon: San Diego Zoo
North American River Otter: San Diego Zoo
Gorilla: Paignton Zoo
Asian Elephant: Oregon Zoo/Shervin Hess
Sumatran Tiger: Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
African Lion: Columbus Zoo & Aquarium/Grahm S. Jones
Red Panda: Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
Spider Monkey: Paignton Zoo
Satanic Leaf-tailed Gecko: Dallas Zoo