6 April 2023
White rhinos, wolverines and lemurs celebrate Easter early at Whipsnade Zoo
Lemurs, rhinos and wolverines woke up to an Easter eggstravaganza at Whipsnade Zoo today, as keepers at the conservation zoo arranged a cracking treat for the animals.
Endangered ring-tailed lemurs foraged amongst papier-mâché eggs filled with their favourite sweet potato treats, wolverines Puff and Fi woke up to Easter piñatas stuffed with their favourite meaty snacks - testing their sharp claws and hunting skills - while greater one-horned rhino Behan snuffled for snacks amongst brightly painted Easter boxes.
Whipsnade Zoo’s Animal Manager Matthew Webb said: "We’re looking forward to welcoming visitors to our blooming conservation zoo this Easter weekend, and we’ve made sure the animals have a smashing time too.
“Zookeepers have been busy creating enriching papier-mâché eggs for the lemurs, who love discovering and investigating new things, hiding the treat-filled eggs all over their home.
“Elsewhere, the wolverines used their sharp claws to tear into Easter themed piñatas – not unlike kids this Easter Sunday with their chocolate eggs – while greater one-horned rhino Behan led the charge into Easter.
“At Whipsnade Zoo we are always looking for new ways to encourage the animals' natural hunting and foraging behaviours: the Easter excitement across the country offers us a great opportunity to create enriching animal activities, while also being an engaging and colourful way for our younger visitors to learn about different species and their unique skills.”