What Do Zoo Animals Eat?

Snail slurry, protein slush, and gorilla gobble-‘em-ups—would you eat these for dinner?

Probably not, but for our furry, feathered and scaly friends at the zoo, those three are only some of the exceptional dishes they like to enjoy.

A book all about animal eating habits, Worms for Breakfast takes readers on an informational journey via fun text, wacky illustrations and an educational glossary.

From the job of a zookeeper to actual mealtime recipes from around the world, author Helaine Becker and illustrator Kathy Boake answer questions like: how much food do animals need? How are the babies fed? And, where are they getting all of this food?

Balancing fun and facts, Helaine talks about the purpose of zoos and how they help endangered species survive, but also mentions that being a zookeeper isn’t always easy.

It’s not just a book that serves up everything readers need to know about what animals eat, it also gives tips and tricks on how readers can help in the fight for animal conservation.

Worms for Breakfast is a great reminder it’s not about just trying to feed these animals—it’s about trying to protect and take care of them, too.

A small taste of the kind of recipes in the book:

Gorilla Gobble-‘em-ups

  • 1 cup boiled carrots
  • ½ oatmeal
  • 1 cup monkey chow
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tbsp. wheat germ
  • dried ants to taste

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Worms for Breakfast

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