Smashing Pumpkins at the Detroit Zoo

October 7, 2015

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

Detroit Zoo animals will have a smashing good time on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, when they receive pumpkins filled with tasty treats to eat, play with, roll around in, tear apart and smash.

Each year around Halloween, Zoo staff provide the animals with seasonal munchies – including pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks and other fall harvest goodies – as part of its comprehensive program of ensuring environments for animals that are ever-changing and appropriately complex.

All year round, food items are hidden throughout the animals’ habitats or prepared and placed in order to stimulate natural behaviors such as foraging or stalking.  “Around Halloween, seasonal fare from local Michigan producers gives this activity a special appeal for both Zoo visitors and the animals,” said Scott Carter, Detroit Zoological Society chief life sciences officer.

•    10:30 a.m. – great apes (treat-filled pumpkins)
•    11 a.m. – snow monkeys (Halloween ice treats)
•    11:30 a.m. – zebras (Halloween treats)
•    Noon – giraffes (Halloween treats)
•    12:30 p.m. – polar bears (pumpkins)
•    1 p.m. – grizzly bears (pumpkins)
•    1:30 p.m. – gray wolves (Halloween treats)
•    2 p.m. – wolverines (piñata, pumpkins and spaghetti)
•    2:30 p.m. – anteaters (Halloween treats)