Zoo Animals Celebrate Halloween

At Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, the animals from the Edge of Africa enjoyed special Jack-O’-Lanterns in the festive spirit of Halloween.  Inside each carved pumpkin was a unique treat depending on the animal’s diet.  Lions and hyenas were tempted by meat. Ring-tailed lemurs sought grapes, while meerkats were after mealworms. Hippos love fruit, but Kita enjoyed playing with the buoyant pumpkin for a few minutes before smashing it and eating it.

Watch the fun video below:

Bonobos’ Amazing Capacity to Learn

Here is a video of a fascinating talk given by Susan Savage-Rumbaugh in 2004 about bonobos.  Studies showed that bonobos display many similarities to early man in their ability to walk bipedally and make/use stone tools.  The video also demonstrates bonobos’ great capacity to learn human culture simply by watching the behavior of the scientists around them, including playing musical instruments, writing, making fires, and driving.