NC Zoo to Treat Animals with “Egg-Stravaganza”

The North Carolina Zoo near Asheboro will hold its annual “Egg-Stravaganza” on Sat., Mar. 30, featuring special Easter treats for the animals.

Zookeepers will place papier-mâché eggs, made by zoo volunteers and filled with appropriate food treats, in some of the animal exhibits, along with other enrichment items. Additionally, keepers will be available to answer visitor questions at some exhibits.


A chimpanzee eats treats from inside a papier-mâché egg that it received from keepers during a previous ‘Egg-Stravaganza’ event at the North Carolina Zoo. Zoo photo by Tom Gillespie

The schedule includes: gorillas, 9:30 a.m.; ocelots, 9:30 a.m.; Elephants, 10 a.m.; cougar 10 a.m.; Red River hogs 11 a.m.; seals, 11:30 a.m.; seabirds 11:30 a.m.; black bears 11:45 a.m.; grizzly bears 1:15 p.m.; Chimpanzees, 2 p.m.;  baboons 2 p.m.; lemurs 2:30 p.m.; coati & ringtails, 2:30 p.m. In addition, a special display of bird eggs will be available in the R.J. Reynolds Forest Aviary Aviary from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

“Egg-Stravaganza” is part of the zoo’s ongoing animal enrichment program to provide both mental and physical stimulation for the animals, allowing them to find and play with the treats as well as experience the tastes and smells. For more information, visit the zoo website at

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