African Safari animals receive pumpkins
PORT CLINTON – Animal residents at African Safari Wildlife Park have enjoyed weeks of fall-themed enrichment thanks to community donations and local vendors, including Walmart in Fremont and Kroger Port Clinton and Sandusky.
Local farms and grocery vendors, such as Kroger in both Port Clinton and Sandusky, have donated hundreds of pounds of pumpkins to African Safari to use in its animal enrichment program. Enrichment is a way animal care staff give animals the opportunity to express their natural behaviors. It can come in many forms, such as a new food added to their diet, a new object in their environment, a smell (perfume) or a puzzle feeder.
“We are so grateful to the members of our community and local vendors like Walmart and Kroger for thinking of us and the animals,” said African Safari Wildlife Park Director, Kelsey Keller. “Pumpkins are a healthy and fun treat for the animals that our Animal Care Staff love to use in our daily enrichment program. Plus, watching the animals with the pumpkins enriches the staff as well – all of the animals have a different way of interacting with the pumpkins.”
The park is no longer accepting pumpkin donations, but thanks those who reached out wishing to donate.
Visitors can see the animals in the drive-thru eating, nosing around and possibly smashing the pumpkins. The park encourages visitors with photos to use the hashtags #PumpkinPaloozaASWP and #AfricanSafariPumpkins on social media.
Blood drives set in Ottawa County
TOLEDO – The American Red Cross urges healthy donors to give blood or platelets and help ensure a stable blood supply for patients. Make an appointment by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-733-2767 or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
In Ottawa County, blood drivers are set at:
Curtice – Noon -5 p.m. Nov. 25., Jerusalem Township Fire, 9501 Jerusalem Road;
Oak Harbor – Noon-6 p.m. Nov. 30, Community Market Oak Harbor VFW, 251 W. Main St.;
Port Clinton – Noon-6 p.m. Nov. 18, Port Clinton Elks, 231 Buckeye Blvd., and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 20., Magruder Hospital, 615 Fulton St.
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