Zoo Animals Go Trick-or-Treating
On Saturday, Oct. 25, Nashville Zoo animals will be partaking in their own form of trick-or-treating as they enjoy seasonal favorites like cricket-filled pumpkins and Jell-O eyeballs during a special Halloween-themed enrichment day.
Nashville Zoo animals receive daily enrichment to promote natural behaviors and ensure optimal physical and mental health. Most animals will receive their seasonal treat when they are let out on exhibit for the day, while others will receive it during scheduled keeper talks. The Trick-or-Treat (Keeper Talk) Schedule for Oct. 25 is:
9:30 a.m. - Rhino Iguana and Owl
9:45 a.m. - Bat feeding
10 a.m. - Siamang and Cougar
10:30 a.m. - Gibbon and Stork
11 a.m. - Clouded leopard and Tortoise
11:30 a.m. - Cassowary
12 p.m. - Rhino hornbill
12:30 p.m. - Camel and Africa
1 p.m. - Lynx and Sheep
1:30 p.m. - Barn owl and Giraffe
2 p.m. - Elephant and Tiger
2:30 p.m. - Red River Hog and Meerkat
Special thanks Elaine Heard of the Heard Law Group for donating pumpkins for this year’s enrichment activities. This enrichment day is not part of the Zoo’s Halloween celebration, Ghouls at Grassmere, which ends on Oct. 26.
Nashville Zoo is accredited by the prestigious Association of Zoos and Aquariums, assuring the highest standards of animal care and husbandry. Attracting more than 787,000 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.