A TROOP of lemurs at West Midland Safari Park were thrown a spooktacular 'pumpkin party' to celebrate Halloween.

The lemurs were treated to some scary squashes as part of the Park's month long 'Spooky Spectacular,' which has seen walk-through areas decorated with carved pumpkins.

The pumpkins were filled with some of the animal's favourite food and placed around the Lemur wood for them to find and explore.

The Park's group of 13 ring-tailed lemurs were first to discover the seasonal surprises, followed by the curious three red-bellied lemurs, who were less choosy about the treats inside and went straight to eating the pumpkin flesh.

Shelley Tudor, Deputy Head Keeper, said: “Lemurs are naturally very inquisitive animals and our three species didn't need any encouragement to investigate the spooky treats that strangely seemed to appear in the woods overnight, whilst they were tucked up in bed!

“The ring-tailed lemurs in particular enjoyed exploring what the pumpkins had to offer and playing with them, whilst the red-bellied lemurs were more interested in the all you can eat buffet! It was great fun watching them join in with our Halloween celebrations!”

As well as treating the animals, there is a host of Halloween themed attractions for visitors to enjoy including a special Wizarding Workshop, where children can create and try out their very own wands and meet Walter the Wizard, a Trick or Treat Trail for people to follow, and a themed Sea Lion Show in the evening.

Opening hours have also been extended until 8:30pm on weekends and the October half-term holiday to give visitors the chance to ride Adventure Theme Park attractions in the dark.

For information on tickets, visit the Park’s website www.wmsp.co.uk or by telephone 01299 402114.