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November 12, 2013 > Halloween leftovers are treats for others

Halloween leftovers are treats for others

Submitted By Nicky Mora

Halloween has passed, but thousands of leftover pumpkins are now sweet treats for Oakland Zoo animals. Home to more than 660 native and exotic animals, the Zoo was the location of truckloads of donations from local pumpkin patches in the days following Halloween. Zookeepers made sure to put the orange edibles to good use and Zoo guests who attended the pumpkin feast, witnessed the animals savor the orange goodies. Besides being edible for many creatures, zookeepers transformed the pumpkins into enrichment items such as food containers for geese, carved puzzles for meerkats, and play toys for tigers.

ÒWe are thrilled to receive these pumpkin donations each year,Ó said Colleen Kinzley, Director of Animal Care, Conservation, and Research. ÒAnimals such as elephants, chimpanzees, baboons, goats, and camels enjoy eating and playing with the pumpkins. In the case of others like the lions, bats, geese, and meerkats, we use the pumpkins as feeding devices by carving holes into the pumpkins and hiding treats inside.Ó

Oakland Zoo would like to thank MooreÕs Pumpkin Patch and Holly Prinz of Pick of the Patch Pumpkins. These generous donations will make it possible for the animals to enjoy pumpkin treats for many months to come.

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