Lake City, UT)– Animals at Utah’s Hogle Zoo will celebrate Thanksgiving
this year for Feast with the Beasts, Thursday November 26, 2009 from 9 am to
Visitors can see many Zoo animals from black bears to tigers tearing
into tasty meals, showing their pilgrim’s pride. This is baby elephant
Zuri’s first Thanksgiving, visit her while she gets heaping helpings of pumpkin
squash surprises!


Thanksgiving is a special time to offer
the animals some extra treats that also serve as enrichment, which keeps
animals mentally stimulated and encourages natural hunting and foraging
behaviors. Enrichment can be anything from meat hidden inside a turkey-shaped
pinata to a layered pumpkin "pie," as long as it promotes the animals’
expression of natural behavior.


According to the
Association of Zoos and Aquariums, enrichment is an essential part of keeping
animals mentally healthy by providing them something new each day. In fact,
Hogle Zoo is known around the country for its outstanding efforts in animal
enrichment. "Hogle Zoo is on the cutting edge of behavioral development in zoos
by being one of the first organizations to establish a standard for animal
enrichment," says Dawn Neptune, Behavioral Programs Coordinator. "It all looks
like playtime, but things as simple as a ball one day and a cardboard tube the
next all improve the welfare of our animals." In 2005, Dawn also won for Hogle
Zoo the first-ever National Enrichment Award, given by the American Association
of Zoo Keepers.


Thanksgiving, get the turkey into the oven then get out of the kitchen for
Feast with the Beasts at Hogle Zoo.
Visit Hogle Zoo online at or for more information, contact
Community Relations Coordinator Holly Braithwaite by email at or call (801)


About the
Association of Zoos & Aquariums:

Utah’s Hogle Zoo is one of only 221 institutions
accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).  Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a
zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated
to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a
better future for all living things. AZA
is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals
in their native habitats. For more information visit


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