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Media Advisory: Zoo Animal Pumpkin Smash

CONTACT: Kyle Shepherd
Direct: 502-238-5331  |  Media Only: 502-744-5639


WHAT | The lions, bears, orangutans, elephants and other animals at the Louisville Zoo will be celebrating the season with a special pumpkin enrichment. “The World’s Largest Halloween Party!” presented by Meijer wrapped up last weekend and the hundreds of pumpkins that decorated the grounds for the Party will be given to the animals for Halloween enrichment. Animal enrichment is an important part of animal husbandry at the Louisville Zoo and promotes the expression of natural behavior.

WHEN |  Saturday, November 5 starting at 11 a.m.

11 a.m.     Orangutans (Islands Dayroom)

11:15 a.m.     Sumatran Tiger (islands outdoor habitat)

11:45 a.m./noon   Amur Tiger (following training session)

1:30 p.m.     Elephants

2 p.m.    Lions

2:15 p.m.   Gorillas & Pygmy Hippo (during keeper talk)

2:45 p.m.   Bears

WHERE | Louisville Zoo (sign in at the front receptionist desk). Please contact Kyle Shepherd at 502-744-5639 prior to coverage.

*Note: animals and times subject to change without notice.


The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).