GUATEMALA CITY – Keepers at Guatemala City’s La Aurora zoo marked Halloween on Thursday by giving the animals pumpkins stuffed with fish, meat, fruit and vegetables.
Capuchin monkeys, coatis, lemurs, bears, rhinos, wolves and the zoo’s resident Bengal tiger, Romina, were among those to get the treat.
Zoo staff decided their charges deserved something special on the eve of the Day of the Dead, when Guatemala’s human population will enjoy holiday delicacies.
But the celebration is not limited to pumpkins, as the zoo is hosting a Halloween party Thursday night. Guests dressed as their favorite animals will vie for a best-costume prize.
La Aurora is home to some 1,600 creatures representing 235 different species, while the zoo’s grounds include important historical monuments. The institution’s mission includes promoting the preservation of all species, both native and exotic, in part through educational programs.
The animals dwell in spaces designed to duplicate their natural habitats to the greatest extent possible within the limits set by Guatemala’s climate and environment.
Founded on Christmas Day 1924, La Aurora is the largest zoo in Central America and among the largest in the Western Hemisphere. It has won international recognition for the quality of its penguin habitat.