Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team
Date: October 26, 2022 1:00 pm
The lions and lemurs of the United Kingdom’s largest zoo, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, have taken on some super scary pumpkins as halloween celebrations get underway. The treats were delivered as part of half-term activities at the attraction.
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s Zoological Manager, Matthew Webb said: “With so many magical activities to delight families visiting us this half-term, we couldn’t let our incredible animals miss out on the fun.
The ring-tailed lemur conspiracy wasted no time in removing the lids of their pumpkins and seeking out the sweetcorn concealed inside.
“Ring-tailed lemurs – which are sometimes known as the ‘ghosts of Madagascar’ – love nothing more than something new to investigate and the sweetcorn hidden inside the pumpkins was so delicious that some of them actually dived in head-first!
African lion khari opened his jack-o-lantern to find some meaty treats inside. The pumpkins were carefully carved by keepers before the treats were added inside.
“Khari, our spirited African lion, carefully rolled the jack-o-lanterns along the ground with his paw so that the meaty treats within fell out. Once he’d eaten all the meat, he focussed all his curious energy on playing with the pumpkins in much the same way a smaller cat might play with a ball of wool!”
Over 10,000 animals from enormous elephants to the little lemurs can be found at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. Guests visiting for half term can join the Boo at the Zoo fun including a magic show, disco and ghost-spotting on a steam train.
While well known for their hunts the lion is a rather lazy species. They will spend up to 20 hours of each day asleep. When they do hunt the females do most of the work while the males come along and eat first.
Image: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
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