Spooky encounters & treats for our Chimps
October 27, 2010 § Leave a comment
Shriek week at the zoo, trick or treat with our cheeky Chimps and out & about with our outreach team.
This week at Edinburgh zoo we have been very busy celebrating the coming Halloween with some spooky activities for all our visitors! But we are not the only ones that have been celebrating!
In the Education centre we had our rainforest room decorated into the creepy cave were our resident witch and all her friends were casting spells and introducing us to some of her slimy and crawly friends at our encounters table as well as card making on our arts & crafts table.
In the Budongo trail we had some free face painting with Val from Avia tricks, as well as cake & biscuit decorating from Iona cakes. The Glasgow science centre set up their fantastic Bodyworks interactive workshops in the lecture theatre, teaching us all about the human body.
It wasn’t just the visitors that were having fun, our chimps got to join in the celebrations by having some pumpkins stuffed with lots of yummy treats such as oats & jam as well as having a go at bobbing for apples. These activities are known environmental enrichment and encourage the chimps to spend more time looking for their food, investigating the novel items, and communicating with each other while they investigate their treats.
Chimpanzees are very intelligent animals, and it is important to keep them occupied. Our keepers over at Budongo trail are always coming up with new and exciting ways to keep our chimps busy.
A Wild day out
Our outreach team have been very busy this week at the AECC in Aberdeen.
The CBBC show Live ‘n’ Deadly was in full swing with Steve Backshall carrying out demonstrations on the main stage, with several thousand extremely excited children.
The Edinburgh zoo stand appeared to go down a treat with all who passed by and the rats were clearly the favourite amongst the children due to their cute appearance and gentle nature.
Along beside us also hosting stands were BTCV, Bug life, Scottish Wildlife Trust and McDuff’s aquarium. These stands had various animals, games and activities allowing the children to interact while learning, stimulating them and engaging them in the wildlife that surrounds us here in Scotland.
Overall the day was a huge success and we had a great time. Our highlight had to be the photo with Steve that was taken at the end of the day. A final reward for a hard day’s work!