5 April 2023
Sumatran tigers, meerkats and squirrel monkeys joined in the egg-citement today - foraging and hunting for eggs, just like children enjoying the Zoo-normous Egg Hunt.
Nine-month-old critically endangered Sumatran tiger cubs, Crispin and Zac, sniffed out a cinnamon scented trail left by zookeepers before using their sharp claws to tear into giant cardboard eggs, while the meerkat mob foraged amongst sand and rocks for their own eggs – filled with moss and crickets.
Meanwhile, Bolivian black-capped squirrel monkeys tested their agility as they foraged amongst colourful eggs hanging in their treetop home, stuffed with their favourite steamed sweet potato, sweetcorn and peas.
London Zoo Manager Dan Simmonds said: “While our visitors are busy on the Zoo-normous Egg Hunt - following a trail of egg-laying animal themed clues to find the Golden Egg - zookeepers have stepped into the role of Easter bunny to make sure the animals don't miss out on any of the egg-based action.
“We’re always exploring creative new ways for the animals to practise their natural foraging and hunting behaviours, and Easter provides the perfect opportunity to offer up some enriching, egg-based animal activities – it's also a great way for our visitors to learn about different animals and their natural skills.”
London Zoo is part of ZSL, a science-driven conservation charity working to restore wildlife in the UK and around the world – a mission supported by every visitor to the conservation zoo.
Visitors this Easter can take part in the Zoo-normous Egg Hunt, free with zoo entry – young animal detectives can follow an educational trail searching for the conservation zoo’s egg-laying species to find the Golden Egg.