If you love animals, you definitely need to check out this annual tradition at Disney’s Animal Kingdom! The Walt Disney World Resort always brings that extra touch of magic to their guests. But did you know that they also bring this magic to their resident animals? This unique and adorable tradition we are talking about today definitely packs some pixie dust.
Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday and I love animals! The Disney World Resort has been able to combine some of my favorites things for the special enrichment they give to their animals at this time of year. We come to Disney’s Animal Kingdom annually for this wonderful sight that occurs in the days leading up to Halloween! We refer to it as the Pumpkin Palooza!
The sight of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes and beautifully carved jack’o’lanterns definitely celebrates the Autumnal Season. However, these are not seasonal decorations. They serve a vital function in the care of these beautiful beings.
Animals that reside in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge are taken care of around the clock by the most amazing care team. One of their tasks is to provide the animals with stimulation and fun. This is what is referred to as “enrichment”. This enrichment plays an important part in the animal’s day-to-day routine. It also provides them with both mental and physical activities that appeal to the animals’ natural behaviors.
The outstanding Animal Care Team decorates pumpkins each year for their animals. They also come up with new and unique ways to encourage play and natural foraging behaviors among the animals. Sometimes the keepers even add bugs, worms and other treats inside the pumpkins. This is to entice the animals to do a little exploring with the new offerings.
The animal’s reactions vary when they discover the pumpkins in their habitats, but they are all fun to watch! Some will start to paw and pounce, others dig right into the treats, and others shred and smash their newfound goodies within minutes.
Check out the video below to watch some of the reactions of the residents of Disney’s Animal Kingdom to their Halloween presents.
To check out all of the Halloween Happenings around the Walt Disney World Resort, make sure you stay tuned to Chip and Company!
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