Cheetah Cub and Puppy Play With Pumpkins
Busch Gardens best friends Kasi and Mtani, and other cheetahs, had some special Halloween-themed enrichment this week.
Cheetahs are strict carnivores, but the residents of Busch Gardens’ Cheetah Run were curious to explore the new smells and textures that three oversized pumpkins recently provided, according to Jill Revelle, spokesperson for Busch Gardens.
Busch Gardens’ zookeepers introduced the pumpkins to the cheetah habitat on Tuesday for some special Halloween-themed enrichment for Kasi, the cheetah, Mtani, the yellow lab, and Cheetah Run’s adolescent female cheetahs, Revelle said.
Enrichment can take many forms and is usually something different, unusual and challenging that stimulates the animals, she explained. Food and toys are used daily by zookeepers at Busch Gardens to keep the animals engaged and stimulated, both mentally and physically.