Sussex zoo animals treated to Easter ‘Egg-richment’

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Monkeys, mongooses, capybaras, lemurs, and binturongs were among the animals tucked into the seasonal treats for the zoo’s annual photoshoot opportunity.

Zookeepers at Drusillas Zoo Park offered their monkeys, mongooses, lemurs, binturongs, armadillos, and capybaras colorful eggs and giant carrot piñatas filled with bugs, popcorn, nuts, and veggies in place of traditional chocolate.

The activity, as well as producing fun seasonal photos, forms part of the zoo’s daily enrichment programs which aim to encourage animals to investigate, explore and interact with new and unusual items.

Zoo animals at Drusillas have been treated to Easter themed enrichment, with bug filled eggs and piñatas.Zoo animals at Drusillas have been treated to Easter themed enrichment, with bug filled eggs and piñatas.
Zoo animals at Drusillas have been treated to Easter themed enrichment, with bug filled eggs and piñatas.

Each day at the zoo, the 800 plus animals are offered new food items, puzzles, and activities to keep their minds and bodies stimulated and healthy.

Head keeper, Gemma Romanis, said: “Just like we would get bored doing the same thing day in and day out, animals need new and exciting things in their day to keep them stimulated, much like your pets at home. In addition, introducing new and unusual things helps encourage them to use natural and instinctive behaviors such as recognizing scents, foraging, and problem solving.

“It’s always great fun during the holidays to theme our enrichment and it’s fascinating to see how the different species react to the same stimulus. For example, our capybaras were a little hesitant and did lots of tentative sniffing before they interacted, our binturong, Penh, took his time trying to problem solve the best way to get to the treats, but our squirrel monkeys just started grabbing things in a chaotic manner, which is their usual tactic for everything!”

By hadem