Animals Get an Early Taste of Halloween at the Zoo!

Animals at the Zoo were given specially carved pumpkins this week.

Giant tortoise Biggie received a giant pumpkin from pumpkin grower Luke Downs. All of the tortoises munched on it and tried to crush it under their 30 stone weight (in Biggie’s case)!

The golden lion tamarins had pumpkins filled with meal worms and covered in gum - a tasty and healthy snack!

Meanwhile, tree kangaroos Kitawa and Kiri enjoyed their favourite veg in their pumpkins, and also had a nibble on the pumpkin itself. 

It marked the start of the build-up to Halloween at Bristol Zoo Gardens where the leaves are changing to glorious colours for autumn.

All along the Zoo's top terrace, visitors can spot seasonal displays and snap pictures of the little ones among pumpkins, squashes and gourds.

Visitors also have a chance of seeing woodpeckers as the trees shed their leaves and grey squirrels busily gathering nuts in preparation for the winter months ahead.

Bristol Zoological Society, which operates Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project, is a conservation and education charity and relies on the generous support of the public not only to fund its important work at Wild Place and Bristol Zoo, but also its vital conservation and research projects spanning four continents.

In March, the Society launched an appeal to ensure the future of its work ‘saving wildlife together’. To find out more, or to make a donation, visit the appeal page.

Visitors to Bristol Zoo are now asked to pre-purchase and members asked to pre-book tickets in advance, online, here.

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