The most SPOOK-tacular season has arrived and some of our animals have been enjoying the spoils that this time of the year brings…

Tembo, our male African Elephant, has been hard at work over the last few months as his Animal Care Team have observed him tending to his very own Pumpkin Patch!

Over the last few weeks, Tembo and female African Elephant, Zola, have been reaping their gardening rewards by tucking into the large, lobed leaves that have been growing in their Pumpkin Patch located in their outdoor paddock. By pruning the unwanted leaves on their patch with their trunks, our magnificent gardening duo left the orange squashes to grow ready for when they could be harvested.

The Animal Care Team are unsure how Tembo’s Pumpkin Patch initially sprouted but suspect that Tembo and Zola must have dispersed the seeds from previous pumpkin enrichment created by the team.

On Saturday 10 September, the team managed to harvest some of the ripe pumpkins before Zola decided that gardening was no longer for her and started her Halloween enrichment early by trampling over the pumpkins that were left on Tembo’s Patch!

Don’t forget to join us this October Half Term for our Shriek Week where you can watch our animals enjoy some creepy enrichment.

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