Easter treats at ZSL London Zoo

’Eggs’ marks the spot as keepers put on an Easter egg hunt for the animals at ZSL London Zoo

Keepers at ZSL London Zoo have prepared the animals at ZSL London Zoo for a fun filled weekend by shelling out on an eggs-tra special surprise for the animals.

While young Londoners will scramble to indulge in chocolate eggs this Sunday, the Zoo’s troop of black-capped squirrel monkeys woke up to their own Easter fun this morning – colourful papier-mâché eggs hung up in their tree-lined home, filled with tasty treats.

The Zoo’s four ring-tailed coatis, Frankie, Shaggy, Velma and Brush, searched their lush forest den to find brightly coloured eggs stuffed with their favourite tasty crickets, while the Zoo’s resident colony of Humboldt penguins were served their fishy breakfast in a bright Easter basket. 

ZSL’s Animal Operations Manager, Angela Ryan, said: “An Easter egg hunt is a cracking way to ensure our residents don’t miss out on the weekend festivities – while there was no chocolate for our animals, our keepers hatched a plan to make sure they all had an Easter hunt for surprise treats of their own.

“The squirrel monkeys used their acrobatic skills to get at the tasty mealworms hanging from their treetop home, our coatis snuffled around for hidden crickets, and our penguins were pecking in their baskets for their fish like pros. Fish and grubs might not seem like a tasty Easter snack to us, but for our residents they’re pretty hard to beat!”

Join in the celebrations at ZSL London Zoo this Easter weekend, with Mini Keepers, an exciting new role-playing experience for junior animal lovers – free with Zoo entry. Visit zsl.org for more details or to book tickets.