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Pumpkins, pinatas and Halloween treats

30 October 2015

On Halloween eve the Vervet Monkeys at Werribee Open Range Zoo enjoyed their own spooky Halloween themed treats including spider pinatas and a haunted house to explore.

Created by Zoo volunteers, the treats are part of the daily enrichment program at the Zoo, which includes a range of activities and items to provide variety and encourage problem-solving and foraging behaviors.

Each species is different and has its own enrichment program supported by a team of volunteers, who make, grow, cook and build items to the specification of Keepers and Vets.

The Vervet Monkey troop enjoyed breaking into spider-shaped pinatas to find mealworms hidden inside.

Our custom-made monkey muffins made from chickpea flour, veggies and sultanas were also very popular!

The Vervet Monkeys also received a special Haunted House made out of cardboard which included a scatter of oats, sultanas and mealworms hidden on the roof.

To mark Halloween the Wild Dogs and Cheetah also enjoyed some special scent-based treats, with carved pumpkins and pinatas with old Gorilla bedding inside.