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N.C. Zoo plans Easter celebration for animals

Posted April 3, 2015

Finn, a young Flemish Giant Rabbit enjoyed treats that were inside his paper mâché egg on Friday. Photo courtesy N.C. Zoo staff.

Animals at the N.C. Zoo will get some special treats this weekend as part of the Asheboro destination's annual Egg-Stravaganza.

In several animal exhibits, zoo keepers will place paper-mâché eggs that were made by zoo volunteers and filled with food treats and other enrichment items, a press release says. The keepers will be on hand to answer visitor questions.

It runs Saturday and Sunday. The schedule includes: elephants, 10 a.m.; polar bears, 10:30 a.m.; bobcats 10:30 a.m.; red river hogs, 11 a.m.; seals, 11:30 a.m.; seabirds, 11:30 a.m.; black bear, 11:45 a.m.; grizzly bear, 1:15 p.m.; chimpanzees, 2 p.m.; baboons, 2 p.m.; lemurs 2:30 p.m.; and cougars at 2:30 p.m.

A special display of bird eggs will be on view at the R.J. Reynolds Forest Aviary from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The activities are part of the zoo's ongoing program to bring mental and physical stimulation to the animals and give them a chance to play and explore tastes and smells.

The zoo switched over to its summer hours on April 1 when admission prices also increased a bit. It's about 90 minutes from the Triangle.

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