It’s Halloween and there are fiendishly yummy pumpkins galore as a spooktacular treat for the lowland gorillas at ZSL London Zoo.
Breakfast time this morning arrived with a macabre makeover – as zookeepers treated the animals to some fiendishly fun activities.
While kids all over the country prepared for the spookiest night of the year, the Zoo’s Western-lowland gorillas woke up to a giant pumpkin patch to explore in their Gorilla Kingdom home.
Also getting into the Halloween spirit, the Zoo’s mischievous mob of Bolivian black-capped squirrel monkeys had to face a fiendish row of suspended baby pumpkins, while giraffes Ellish, Maggie and Mollie will find juicy leaves inside their own carved creation.
ZSL’s Head of Primates Dan Simmonds said: “While some children may think it’s more of a trick than a treat to get vegetables for Halloween, our gorillas love everything about this spooktacular snack.
“They get to show off their strength to smash them open, and they love scooping out the gooey insides. We’ve filled a few with an extra ghoulish surprise too: their favourite sugar-free lime jelly.
“And just like children trick or treating, our squirrel monkeys will use every trick up their sleeve to get their hands on some treats – wriggly mealworms hidden inside mini pumpkins, hanging from the trees in their home.”
Head to ZSL London Zoo this autumn half-term for a packed day of fun events, including the exciting live show Gruesome Nature Live! Free with Zoo entry – visit www.zsl.org to buy your tickets now and receive a 10% online discount.
There are lots of brilliant activities for children and adults at the zoo this winter and in the run up to Christmas. You can find out more here – ZSL London Zoo