At Yunnan Safari Park, in Kunming, China, staff make sure animals will enjoy national festivities alongside humans by treating them with specially-made typical treats.
This month, ahead of the Mid-Autumn Festival, the safari park invited 14 children to help make special mooncakes for the animals.
The children, along with staff members, made the traditional treats with ingredients such as cereals, fresh bamboo leaves, apples, carrots, peanuts, dragon fruit, grapes, fresh mulberry leaves and mealworms.
Red pandas, lemurs and raccoons are only some of the animals that were able to enjoy these special treats.
During the Mid-Autumn Festival, a traditional festival celebrated in many East and Southeast Asian countries, it is typical to eat moon cakes as their round shapes symbolize the reunion of families and the full moon and gifting the snacks to others is a sign of wishing their cherished ones a long and happy life.
During the Laba Festival this January, a traditional Chinese holiday that celebrates the enlightenment of the Buddha, Yunnan Safari Park also created a special congee for its animals to enjoy. It is customary to eat Laba congee on this holiday.
Additionally, staff members also made special “zongzi” for its animals to enjoy during the Dragon Boat Festival this summer.