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Halloween at Bristol Zoo!

The pumpkins are full of vitamins for hungry lemurs. Credit: Bristol Zoo

Animals at Bristol's zoo have been given a treat in the run-up to Halloween.

The Zoo's troop of gorillas and lemurs all got carved pumpkins - not only can the creatures play with them, but they can eat them too!

Lynsey Bugg, curator of mammals at Bristol Zoo, said:

Carved pumpkins are a great enrichment toy for the animals as well as being a novel snack.

We fill them with their favourite fresh vegetables which they have to scoop out, and both gorilla family and the lemurs like to play with and eat them.

The succulent flesh and plump seeds are a great addition to the animals’ regular diets as they are high in vitamins A, C, potassium, protein and fibre.

– Lynsey Bugg
The gorillas love scooping out the pumpkins. Credit: Bristol Zoo

It’s not only the animals who can get into the spooky spirit at Bristol Zoo this autumn.

The Zoo’s popular Halloween festival returns for half term next week.

The Zoo's Halloween festival runs through half term. Credit: Bristol Zoo