Our Animal Management Centre has been a hive of activity this week, as Sparsholt students and Technicians have prepared some Halloween-themed pumpkin enrichment activities for the resident animals! 

From our Degu’s, Guinea Pigs and friendly rodents in our Companion mammals section, to the Californian Kingsnake and Chilean Rose Tarantula in our reptile houses, it’s been great to see all different species tucking into some spooky treats and exploring their newly decorated enclosures. 

The pumpkins have been carved by our talented Technicians at our BIAZA licensed Animal Management Centre, alongside students who have signed up to volunteer at these facilities over their half term break. Volunteering opportunities offered to our students across the Sparsholt campus give students extra experience to help with their future studies and careers. 

Over 1200 animals across 200 different species reside at Sparsholt’s countryside campus – 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, with additional novel items to act as enrichment to make life as interesting as possible for them – in this case Halloween pumpkins! 

Find out more about studying Animal Management and Animal Science & Zoo Biology Degree Courses at Sparsholt College and University Centre Sparsholt, Home to the National Zoo Academy, at our upcoming Live Online Open Event on November 15! Register now: http://bit.ly/SparsholtOpenEvents