It’s a question the Toledo Zoo hears each year after the fall-time fun of Pumpkin Path and Little Boo. The answer is simple: the pumpkins provide enriching experiences for many Zoo animals on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014! It’s called Jumping Pumpkins, and it’s a great opportunity to see some of your favorite Zoo animals enjoy gourd-y goodness throughout the weekend – all included with your regular Zoo admission.
Animals from monkeys and otters to cassowaries and even elephants will find pumpkins all around their habitats. Some will make a meal, and some will make a mess, but all of them will interact with their environments and engage in naturalistic behaviors. It’s part of the Toledo Zoo’s overall program of enrichment, which the Zoo provides consistently to ensure the animals’ well-being. Pumpkins are provided courtesy of Fleitz Farms, Myer Farms and Oldcastle Inc.
The full schedule is at toledozoo.org, but highlights include:
• 10:15 a.m. otters, elephants (Tembo Trail);
• 10:30 a.m. orangutans (Kingdom of the Apes), tigers (Tiger Terrace);
• 1:30 p.m. wolves (Arctic Encounter®);
• 1:45 p.m. polar bears (Arctic Encounter®);
• 2:30 p.m. cassowaries (near the Aviary).
Visitor experiences like these are just some of the reasons the Toledo Zoo is rated the #1 zoo in the nation by USA Today Travel, and among the top ten family attractions nationwide by FamilyFun Magazine.
On the Internet: toledozoo.org.