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Batty Halloween Fun!

20 Oct

This Halloween, the Rodrigues flying foxes at Drusillas Park have been discovering that they are bats about pumpkin! The trick or treat troop have been hanging out and dinning on jack-o’-lanterns, ordered to decorate the Park during the half-term Shriek Week.

Known as flying foxes due to their size, fox-like features and ginger furry body, Rodrigues fruit bats are amongst the rarest bats in the world. In the wild they are only found on the island of Rodrigues, near Mauritiusin the Indian Ocean.

At the zoo, these large bats are much more used to a fruity feast of apples, bananas, oranges, kiwis, melons, peaches and plums. Nevertheless they also eat leaves, leaf eater pellets, insects and vegetables and the seasonal special made a very welcome change.

Pumpkins make the ideal animal snack as they are a great source of potassium, Vitamin A and they are also high in fibre. However due to their seasonal nature they are not often enjoyed by the residents of the zoo.

Delivering the animals’ meals in imaginative and unusual ways is part of the zoo’s daily enrichment programme. This ensures they receive a varied and diverse diet, as well as encouraging them to think and work for their food as they would in the wild.

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Summer Activities for Children

20 Jul

As the country counts down to London 2012 and the nation prepares itself to support Queen and country, visitors at Drusillas will be discovering whether they are chimps or champs at the Zoolympics Challenge Day on Tuesday 26th July.

The Zoolympics Trail is a permanent attraction at Drusillas, designed to allow participants to test their skills against the extraordinary talents of the animal kingdom. However on this day visitors will also have the opportunity to compete against each other!

Between 10am and 5pm, children aged 12 years and under will be invited to take part  in five of the zoo’s eleven challenges. Events will include How long can you hang on? How loud can you shout? How long can you stand on one leg? How fast can you run? and how long can you jump?

At the end of the day the final results will be displayed in the picnic area and the winners in each age category will receive a prize to reward their efforts.

Managing Director, Laurence Smith commented “The Zoolympics Trail has always been popular during a visit to Drusillas but within the current climate, the activities hold even more appeal. The great thing about them is that as well as being great fun they are also educational, so children can learn a little bit about their own abilities and also gain a greater understanding of wildlife.”