The meerkats at Drusillas Park received a frightfully good feast yesterday (Thursday, October 29) when they were served up a giant helping of pumpkin as part of the park’s Hallowe’en celebrations.
A large number of pumpkins were delivered to the park for Shriek Week, which takes place during the half term until Sunday, November 1.
The leftover pumpkins were snapped up by keepers and provided to the trick or treat troop as part of their daily enrichment programme.
Spike the porcupine also had a spine-tingling time tucking into the spooky snack. He shares an enclosure with the meerkats and appreciated the carefully carved jack-o’-lantern just as much as his furry friends.
Pumpkins make the ideal animal snack as they are a great source of potassium, Vitamin A and they are also high in fibre. However, due to their seasonal nature they are not often enjoyed by the residents of the zoo.
Delivering the animals’ meals in imaginative and unusual ways is all part of the zoo’s daily enrichment programme. This ensures they receive a varied and diverse diet, as well as encouraging them to think and work for their food as they would in the wild.
Located just off the A27 in Alfriston, Drusillas Park is open daily from 10am. For more information please telephone 01323 874100 or visit the website at www.drusillas.co.uk.
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