Watch Zoo animals receive pumpkins as treats

Jumping Pumpkins

Saturday, October 31

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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 2015 schedule

Saturday, October 31
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 – Great Apes
10:45 a.m.    Tigers – Tiger Terrace
10:45 a.m.    Primates- Primate Forest
11 a.m.      Sloth Bear – Tiger Terrace
11:30 a.m.    Gorillas - Great Apes
1:30 p.m.    Wolves - Arctic Encounter®
1:45 p.m.    Hippo Watermelon Toss- Hippoquarium® in Tembo Trail
1:45 p.m.    Polar Bears- Arctic Encounter®
2:30 p.m.    Cassowaries – Near the Aviary
2:30 p.m.    Meerkats – Tembo Trail