During Shriek Week Colchester Zoo will once again be holding a daily Pumpkin carving competition!
Bring along your carved pumpkin creation and enter it into our competition on the day of your visit to be in with a chance of winning a fantastic prize!
Please hand your ready carved entry in when you arrive for your visit, any day between 22nd - 31st October, you will then be given a label to fill out with your contact details. All entries must be handed in by 1pm when a winner will be chosen. Once the winner is selected during a closed judging, you will be contacted on the number you provided and will be given the amazing opportunity to meet one of our owls that same day! – You must already be in the zoo on the day you have entered and won the competition to be eligible to take part in the encounter.
After all the pumpkins have been judged they are given to the animals as a special enrichment perfect for getting them in the Halloween spirit! Keeping the animals entertained both mentally and physically is a full time job so watching the animals enjoy the enrichments is a great reward! Animals such as the bears, otters, meerkats, gelada baboons and even snakes are just some of the species to been given this delicious treat which is great for them to investigate and enjoy! The meerkat mob will love using your pumpkin as a play area before indulging in the orange fruit whilst the bears demolish theirs in seconds keen to get to inside! Enrichments such as this are fun for the animals, their keepers and for visitors!
Please be aware that we are unable to return any pumpkin entries and in order for them to be used as enrichment we ask that you do not use anything to decorate your pumpkin such as glue, paint or glitter as this may be harmful to the animals at Colchester Zoo.