As part of our environmental enrichment program, designed to make our wolves’ lives in captivity the best they can possibly be, we celebrate the season of treats along with our four-footed friends.
Wolf Park staff and volunteers create jack-o-lanterns filled with tasty, animal-friendly treats (such as pig ears, rawhides, pasta, and other homemade goodies) for the wolves, coyotes and foxes. Each animal gets his or her own but sometimes they are sure that another one is better than the one given to them, and will “swap” pumpkins.
Visitors to the Park on that day will have the chance to watch the animals figure out how to get the snacks inside, or to try to figure out how to move or pick up a pumpkin that is very round and can roll. Each wolf approaches this environmentally enriched activity with his or her own special flair.
This year’s Pumpkin Party will take place Saturday, October 28!
If you can’t be there in person, you can still participate! Donors of $25 or more will receive a photo of their chosen animal interacting with his or her pumpkin.
(Please note that, like watermelons, buying a wolf a pumpkin is only available in season.)