Halloween Treats for Animals and Guests on October 1
On Saturday, Oct. 1, Nashville Zoo animals will be partaking in their own form of trick-or-treating as they enjoy seasonal favorites like cricket-filled pumpkins, paper ghosts, and treat filled paper coffins during a special Halloween-themed enrichment day.
Nashville Zoo animals receive daily enrichment throughout the year to promote natural behaviors and ensure optimal physical and mental health. During the month of October, these enrichment treats will be themed for the fall season and Halloween. Most animals receive enrichment when they are let out on exhibit for the day, while others will receive it during scheduled keeper talks. October 1 will offer a special enrichment schedule specifically themed for Halloween.
The Trick-or-Treat (Keeper Talk) Schedule for Oct. 1 is:
9:30 a.m. - Rhino Iguana (Unseen New World) and Snowy Owl (Critter Encounters)
10:00 a.m. - Siamang (Gibbon Islands) and Bat (Unseen New World)
10:30 a.m. - White-Cheeked Gibbon and Clouded Leopard
11:00 a.m. - Barn Owl (Historic Farm) and Tortoise (Critter Encounter)
11:30 a.m. - Cassowary and Cougar
12 p.m. - Rhino Hornbill
12:30 p.m. - Africa Field (antelope, ostrich, etc.)
1:00 p.m. - Stork
1:30 p.m. - Giraffe
2 p.m. - Meerkat
2:30 p.m. - Red River Hog and Cattle (Historic Farm)
Zoo visitors who attend the Halloween enrichment event on October 1 will be eligible to receive a $1 discount code to apply towards any of the 10 nights of Boo at the Zoo. Learn more on the Zoo’s website: www.nashvillezoo.org/upcoming-events/entry/halloween-enrichment/instance/10-1-2016
Special thanks Elaine Heard of the Heard Law Group for donating pumpkins for this year’s enrichment activities. The Oct. 1 enrichment day is not part of the Zoo’s Halloween celebration, Boo at the Zoo, which starts Oct. 14.
About Nashville Zoo
Nashville Zoo is accredited by the prestigious Association of Zoos and Aquariums, assuring the highest standards of animal care and husbandry. Attracting more than 800,000 visitors annually, the Zoo is considered one of the top things to do in Nashville. The Zoo is a non-profit organization located at 3777 Nolensville Pike and is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The mission of Nashville Zoo is to inspire a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world through conservation, innovation and leadership. For more information about Nashville Zoo, call 615-833-1534 or visit www.nashvillezoo.org.