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Worms for Breakfast: How to Feed a Zoo

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Worms for Breakfast: How to Feed a Zoo
by Helaine Becker (Author) and Kathy Boake (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Feeding time is one of the most popular events at zoos. It also prompts a smorgasbord of questions: what do different animals eat? How much food do they need to stay healthy? Where do zookeepers get all that chow? And what constitutes a special treat?

Worms for Breakfast answers all these questions and more in a cookbook-style primer packed with facts from experts at zoos and aquariums. Covering everything from regular animal nutrition to feeding babies to mimicking how animals hunt and eat in the wild, this book explores the eating habits of carnivores, omnivores, herbivores, and insectivores. Inside, you’ll also find real-life recipes from zoos around the world for meals like eucalyptus-leaf pesto, kelp tank goulash, and mealworm mush. Beware! You probably don’t want to eat any of it yourself.


1 large animal bone (deer or cow)
5 gal. (20L) bucket of water

1. Place bone in water and store in freezer until water is frozen solid.

2. Remove ice (with bone) from bucket. It is now a predator popsicle!

3. Float popsicle in the tiger’s enclosure pond, like an iceberg. Watch tigers study, fetch, lick, gnaw, and play with their frosty treat all day long.

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Author: Anastasia Suen

From her studio in Northern California, developmental editor Anastasia Suen reads, writes, and edits books for creators of all ages.

One thought on “Worms for Breakfast: How to Feed a Zoo

  1. What a fun idea, and a perfect book to accompany a trip to the zoo.

    Hope you are doing well and having a good summer.