“What do you do with all those pumpkins?” It’s a question the Toledo Zoo hears each year after the fall-time fun of Pumpkin Path and Little Boo. The answer is simple: the pumpkins provide enriching experiences for many Zoo animals on Saturday and Sunday, October 27 – 28! It’s called Jumping Pumpkins, and it’s a great opportunity to see some of your favorite Zoo animals enjoy gourd-y goodness throughout the weekend – all included with your regular Zoo admission.
Animals from monkeys and otters to birds and even elephants will find pumpkins all around their habitats. Some will make a meal, and some will make a mess, but all of them will interact with their environments and engage in naturalistic behaviors. It’s part of the Toledo Zoo’s overall program of enrichment, which the Zoo provides consistently to ensure the animals’ well-being. Pumpkins are provided courtesy of Fleitz Farms, Myer Farms and Oldcastle Inc. Scheduled events include:
Saturday, October 27
10:15 a.m. Otters (Tembo Trail)
10:30 a.m. Rhinos (Tembo Trail)
10:45 a.m. Elephants (Tembo Trail)
11:15 a.m. Primates (Primate Forest)
1:45 p.m. Hippo watermelon toss (Hippoquarium®)
2:30 p.m. White-naped cranes
(crane viewing from pedestrian bridge or near penguin exhibit)
Sunday, October 28
10:15 a.m. Orangutans (Kingdom of the Apes)
10:30 a.m. Gorillas (Kingdom of the Apes)
11:45 a.m. Tigers (Tiger Terrace)
1:45 p.m. Polar bears (Arctic Encounter®)
In October, the Toledo Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located on the Anthony Wayne Trail (US 25), four miles south of downtown Toledo. For more information, please visit toledozoo.orgor call 419.385.4040. Lucas County residents are admitted free of charge each Monday from 10 a.m. to noon. ID showing proof of residency is required.
The Toledo Zoo is committed to inspiring others to join in caring for animals and conserving the natural world. As part of that mission, The Toledo Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), a leader in global wildlife conservation. AZA member institutions are dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors and a better future for all living things.
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