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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Wildlife Treated to Pumpkins for Halloween

posted on October 31st, 2011 by Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks

As part of our focus on excellence in animal care, our animal experts provide Disney’s Animal Kingdom wildlife with a variety of enrichment items. These special treats, such as foods, toys or fragrance, prompt animals to explore, make choices and maintain a level of activity in their habitat similar to their natural behavior in the wild.

In celebration of Halloween, several animal species were treated to pumpkins as enrichment. Click on the video, and watch the fun!

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Joshua from AL on October 31st, 2011 at 4:26 pm

I LOVE this video! I would love to be there on a day when they’re doing enrichment activities like this for so many of the wonderful animals that call Animal Kingdom home!


Kyra on October 31st, 2011 at 4:29 pm

All the animals are so cute!!! I love the view of Expedition Everest in the beginning. That was such a cool coaster.


Rhonda on October 31st, 2011 at 4:50 pm

What a fantastic video – I’m smiling the whole time I watch it! Especially love the elephants, cats and meerkats playing with the pumpkins. Awesome stuff!


Grace on October 31st, 2011 at 6:06 pm

I like it when the Elephant got the pumpkin got stuck on its tusk. So Funny!


Wayne on October 31st, 2011 at 7:37 pm

This is so cute I can’t stand it. Thank you so much for sharing!


Jeff on October 31st, 2011 at 9:22 pm

This is my favorite video the blog has ever posted. Bravo!


Douglas on November 1st, 2011 at 3:00 am

That is one of the best videos I have ever seen. Glad to see the animals have so much fun with their enrichment. Well done to the Cast members who gave out the treats. The castmembers must get great joy in watching the animals interact with their treats


Heather on November 1st, 2011 at 9:42 am

Wow, awesome video…loved watching all the animals play with their pumpkins 😀


Rita on November 1st, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Love it – leave it to Disney – nobody does it better!


Colleen from TX on November 1st, 2011 at 2:11 pm

My kids thoroughly enjoyed this. It is great when they connect with these endangered animals. It is amazing how such a big cat acts just like our cat at home. We loved the “kitty.”


Tiffany on November 1st, 2011 at 3:15 pm

This was definitely one of the best videos the blog has posted. Please post more animal interactive videos. Love it!!!


Tricia on November 1st, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Awesome! My family and I loved watching this video. I wish I was there to see the animals enjoying their treat.