Cheetah, Cheetah, Pumpkin Eatah!

Ok, so cheetahs don’t actually eat pumpkins. (They are strict carnivores.) But the zookeepers at Busch Gardens provided some pumpkins for the cheetahs to investigate for some Halloween-themed fun.  New sights and smells provide enrichment to animals, keeping them engaged and stimulated.

Remember the cheetah cub Kasi and his puppy friend Mtani?  Here they are together all grown up!

Cheetah and yellow lab looking at pumpkins

Kasi joins Mtani to look at pumpkins. Photo provided by Busch Gardens

Cheetah and yellow lab investigating pumpkins

Kasi and Mtani sniff the pumpkins. Photo provided by Busch Gardens

Cheetahs investigating pumpkins

More cheetahs examining the pumpkins. Photo provided by Busch Gardens

Zoo Animals Celebrate Halloween

At Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, the animals from the Edge of Africa enjoyed special Jack-O’-Lanterns in the festive spirit of Halloween.  Inside each carved pumpkin was a unique treat depending on the animal’s diet.  Lions and hyenas were tempted by meat. Ring-tailed lemurs sought grapes, while meerkats were after mealworms. Hippos love fruit, but Kita enjoyed playing with the buoyant pumpkin for a few minutes before smashing it and eating it.

Watch the fun video below: