Meerkats taste spooky carved pumpkins ahead of Halloween

The spooky carved pumpkins have proven popular with meerkats in a UK safari park.

Keepers at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling in Scotland carved Halloween treats for their animals, who used all of their senses to investigate.

Curious meerkats explore a pumpkin left in their enclosure by safari park keepers Blair Drummond (Andrew Milligan / PA)

Meerkats were joined by red lemurs who celebrated World Lemur Day by enjoying specially prepared pumpkin treats.

A spokesperson for the safari park said: “Each year, World Lemur Day aims to raise awareness of the diversity of lemurs and their critical conservation needs.

A ring-tailed lemur with scoops of pumpkin puree in their enclosure at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling
A ring-tailed lemur with scoops of pumpkin puree at Blair Drummond Safari Park (Andrew Milligan / PA)

“Unfortunately, 98% of lemur species are currently threatened with extinction.”

Blair Drummond is home to more than 24 species on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, and its breeding program aims to support the recovery of many animals.

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Different breeds of lemurs enjoyed pumpkin puree treats (Andrew Milligan / PA)

His efforts are paying off.

Blair Drummond has welcomed a baby red lemur from his breeding pair established earlier this year.


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