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Taj enjoying her Pumpkin!

Taj enjoying her Pumpkin!

We are still looking for pumpkin donations for next week to give to the animals.  The carnivores won’t eat the pumpkins, but they do love to play with them! For some of our meat eaters, we will hollow out the pumpkin and fill it with juicy meat!  It is very important to provide captive animals with enrichment activities as well as a nutritious diet so depending on the animal we will give the pumpkins to those who love pumpkin and others we will carve for them and put treats inside.  We will also make paper mache pumpkins for the primates to tear apart to find the treats inside.  We do a lot of different enrichment activities throughout the year and seasonal enrichment like “Animals & Pumpkins” are a great way for our visitors to experience it with us!

As many of you may know, our elderly male lion Leroy may not be with us much longer.  He is very old and his kidneys and hips are failing him.  Working with animals, we see many births and unfortunately many deaths as well.  No matter who the animal, it is never easy.  Those of us who have cared for Leroy for over 20 years have known his time will come and it has been an honor and priviledge to care for this incredible animal with an amazing soul.  We have received a lot of wonderful messages and well wishes for Leroy and are very grateful.  His health and quality of life is our top priority and we are keeping him as comfortable as possible.  We are proud that he has had a wonderful life here and that his legacy will live on in his offspring.

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  1. I was there this past Sat and saw how Leroy was struggling. It brought tears to my eyes. I have been visiting him since he got there. It will be a huge loss and I will miss him so much as the lions and tigers are my favorite. Best wishes for Leroy. xoxo

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