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Easter celebrations generate 'egg-citement' at Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Zoo’s animals are ‘egg-cited’ for Easter, with animals of all shapes and sizes joining in a variety of Easter festivities this week.
Headlining the celebrations today were the zoo’s herd of five Asian Elephants, who participated in a giant ‘Easter egg’ hunt.
Festively decorated packages filled with tasty treats, including sultanas and mixed nuts, were quickly sniffed out by the herd, who cleverly stomped and shook the packages to access the treats.
The Zoo’s band of Coatis also joyfully rummaged through Easter-themed boxes filled with kibble, whilst the Lions were gifted a cardboard Easter bunny tower smeared with enriching scents.
Meanwhile, the Cotton-top Tamarins inquisitively tucked into baskets of goodies, packed with primate cake, vegetables and hollowed-out eggs filled with mealworms.
Not to be left out of the fun, the Western Grey Kangaroos received egg-shaped peanut butter balls, whilst the Rainbow Lorikeets and Macaws received hollowed out watermelons filled with an array of surprises.
The Easter festivities are part of Melbourne Zoo’s animal enrichment program. The program plays an important role in animal care and enhances the quality of animal welfare through environmental stimuli to trigger sensory and motor stimulation.
Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo are open from 9am-5pm every day, including all of Easter and Anzac Day.
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Asian Elephants in the wild have been poached for their tusks and populations have dwindled. Melbourne Zoo has been successful in breeding four calves in recent years. You can help us fight extinction by adopting the Asian Elephant.