Our Animal Management Centre has been a hive of activity with Halloween-themed pumpkin enrichment activities today.

From Mya the Red Panda to Bobbi the Budapest Short Face Tumbler, it’s been great to see all different species tucking into some tasty treats.

Gary Clarke, Animal Centre Head for Exotics at Sparsholt said “As a training resource for our students, we maintain a large collection of animals, everything from common pets like rabbits and guinea pigs, to endangered species like red pandas and lemurs usually only seen in zoos. All receive carefully balanced diets based on their nutritional needs, but in addition we try and make life as interesting as possible for them by offering them novel items – in this case Halloween pumpkins. These were given to those species for which fruits and vegetables form part of the natural diet – so the pumpkins were nibbled or pecked at really as a healthy snack between meals! The pumpkins were carved by students who’d volunteered to help with the animals at half-term – and they seemed to enjoy the experience as much as the animals!”


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