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October 28, 2016 Calgary Zoo

Halloween Enrichment is a howl

The zoos youngest hippopotamus, Lobi, celebrates his October 31 birthday with a pumpkin treat.

There are no tricks, just treats this fall as the animals at the Calgary Zoo get ready for some Halloween fun. This Sunday, October, 30, different animal species will receive enrichment items to mark the spookiest time of year.

“As much as this is an exciting Halloween celebration, enrichment is a crucial component for the animals in our care,” says Colleen Baird, Curator, Calgary Zoo. “Every day our animal care and veterinary staff ensure that our residents have all they need in their habitats to create the best possible environment which includes a variety of healthy foods.”

This year we're celebrating Lobi's birthday again- with Halloween themed enrichment for different zoo animals. Look a the fun from years past!

This year we’re celebrating Lobi’s birthday again- with Halloween themed enrichment for different zoo animals. Look a the fun from years past!

Enrichment is an essential part of animals’ lives as it is offers variety, interest and provides stimulation to encourage natural behaviours. It can include special animal focused “toys” for recreation; variation in the way that food is presented and special zookeeper interactions and activities particular to each species.

Enrichment Schedule:

  • 11:30 a.m. –  Hippos
    (Our male hippo, Lobi, turns 10 on October 31! Come wish him well at this main event).
  • 12 p.m. –  Tigers
  • 12:30 p.m.  – Gorillas
  • 1 p.m.  – Camels/Penguins
  • 2 p.m.  – Muskox
  • 2:30 p.m.  – Otters

Don’t miss out on the fun – make sure your Halloween weekend is a delight for the whole family.

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