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Pumpkin Bash sneak peek

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Communications

In anticipation of Pumpkin Bash, we gave meerkats and grizzlies a preview of the tasty snacks awaiting them this weekend.

First up, the meerkats filled their bellies with pumpkin when we set out two jack o’ lanterns in their exhibit.

They are always quick to investigate anything new, so they scrambled immediately to check out the large pumpkins. Some climbed right through the holes to get to the tasty inside, while others clawed and gnawed at the outer portion.

After the meerkats stuffed themselves, the grizzlies got their turn. The pumpkins were tossed into the exhibit making an impressive splash.

Our two grizzly bears, 16-year-old brothers Keema and Denali each grabbed a pumpkin and took them to their own spot. It didn’t take long for them to smash open their pumpkins and enjoy the innards, the evidence all over their faces.

You can see elephants, gorillas, hippos and more enjoying pumpkin treats at this weekend’s Pumpkin Bash on Saturday and Sunday. There will also be trick-or-treating, live entertainment, and one child (12 and under) in costume gets in FREE per paying adult! If you make it down to Pumpkin Bash, we’d love to see your photos. Please share them on our Facebook wall. See you there!

Photos by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo.