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Smashing Pumpkins

October 11 and 21 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Free with admission

Detroit Zoo animals will have a smashing good time on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, and Saturday, October 21, 2017, when they receive pumpkins filled with tasty treats to eat, play with, roll around in, tear apart and smash.

Each year around Halloween, Zoo staff provide the animals with seasonal munchies – including pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks and other fall harvest goodies – as part of its comprehensive program of ensuring environments for animals that are ever-changing and appropriately complex.

All year round, food items are hidden throughout the animals’ habitats or prepared and placed in order to stimulate natural behaviors such as foraging or stalking. Around Halloween, seasonal fare from local Michigan producers gives this activity a special appeal for both Zoo visitors and the animals.

Schedule:

  • 11 a.m. – chimpanzees
  • 11:30 a.m. – polar bears
  • Noon – giraffes
  • 12:30 p.m. – vultures
  • 1 p.m. – wolves
  • 1:30 p.m. – wolverine
  • 2 p.m. – anteaters
  • 2:30 p.m. – camels
  • 3 p.m. – otters