Watch Zoo animals receive pumpkins as treats

Jumping Pumpkins

Saturday, November 1

Watch as some of your favorite Zoo animals will discover that the Great Pumpkin has paid a visit to their habitats! Some animals will eat the pumpkins, while some animals might just knock them around. Either way, it’s a lot of fun to watch and a great experience for the animals! Introducing new items such as pumpkins into animals’ habitats is a great form of enrichment, in which animals are presented with different stimuli that encourage the animals to explore their surroundings, manipulate objects and engage in naturalistic behaviors. Enrichment is a key component to the Zoo’s commitment to excellence in animal care.

(The fact that it’s a lot of fun for visitors is a bonus!)

Jumping Pumpkins 2014 schedule

Saturday, November 1
10:15 a.m.        Otters- Tembo Trail
10:15 a.m.        Elephants - Tembo Trail
10:30 a.m.        Rhinos - Tembo Trail
10:30 a.m.        Orangutans - Kingdom of the Apes
10:30 a.m.        Tigers – Tiger Terrace
10:45 a.m.        Primates- Primate Forest
11 a.m.            Sloth Bear – Tiger Terrace
1:30 p.m.        Wolves - Arctic Encounter®
1:45 p.m.        Hippo Watermelon Toss- Hippoquarium®
1:45 p.m.        Polar Bears- Arctic Encounter®
2 p.m.            Gorillas - Kingdom of the Apes
2:30 p.m.        Cassowaries – Near the Aviary
2:30 p.m.        Meerkats – Tembo Trail