Tigers Sink Their Teeth Into Halloween Enrichment

Tue, 30/10/2012 - 2:12pm

Keepers at Howletts Wild Animal Park, near Canterbury, treated the Sumatran tigers to some Halloween themed enrichment in the form of carved pumpkins.

The pumpkins, donated by supermarkets, Hythe Sainsbury’s, Whistable Tesco’s and local estate, Kenfield Hall were carved by visitors to the park as part of the pumpkin carving competition running throughout half term.

Neil Spooner, Animal Director at Howletts said: ‘We’re so grateful to Kenfield Hall Estate, Sainsbury’s and Tesco for donating these pumpkins.  The visitors are really getting into the spirit of Halloween by joining in with our carving competition and then watching the keepers give the pumpkins to different animals.’

The Sumatran tigers were the first to take place in the enrichment initiative at Howletts and their pumpkins were filled with tasty morsels of meat.

Neil explained: ‘Enrichment is a vital part of animal management and takes many different forms.  It is designed to stimulate the animals’ minds, senses and physique.’

Visitors to Howletts Wild Animal Park will be able to take part in the pumpkin carving competition throughout half term to win prizes such as ghoulish goody bags filled with Howletts treats.