Halloween at Hellabrunn Zoo: Sweet and savoury treats
This year, three species at Hellabrunn Zoo received a delightful Halloween surprise: the mandrills, orangutans and tigers were treated to a variety of tasty pumpkins.
On Friday morning, the Orangutans were already getting into the Halloween spirit with carved Hokkaido pumpkins filled with honey water served for breakfast. The female orangutan Isalie, in particular, relished the taste of the sweet vegetable and gathered several pumpkins in the enclosure for herself. Jolie, on the other hand, preferred to use the hollow pumpkin to cart around wood wool. Even the youngest members of the group - the two boys Quentin and Quinn, and the six-month-old girl Sittis - examined the pumpkins with great curiosity from all sides.
The mandrills also received an early Halloween surprise. The big pumpkins fascinated even the strong males – especially upon discovering a pumpkin is not easy to crack. But in the end the effort was worthwhile as they eventually reached the exceptionally delicious sweet pulp.
But some animals such as Jegor and Ahimsa prefer savoury treats. The keepers therefore prepared a special version of the Halloween pumpkin for these two Siberian tigers: the carved, hollowed out pumpkins sprinkled with spices were not only a hit with the animals, but also a real eye-catcher for visitors.
Halloween also coincides with the winter opening hours at Hellabrunn Zoo. From Monday, 30 October the zoo will be open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.