Black and White Soccer Fan Has a Ball

Escondido, California - A 6 year old honey badger at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park shows her enthusiasm for the World Cup by playing with a favorite toy, a soccer ball.  The badger, named Benzy, pounced on the ball until her enthusiasm overwhelmed the sphere and it popped.  The soccer ball shapped pinata she turned her attention to withstood her enthusiastic play for a little longer as she was able to dig inside it.

Animal care staff at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park routinely give a variety of enrichment items to animal species that would normally show play behaviors in the wild allowing them to choose items for which they have particular interest. Honey badgers, also known as ratels, are an omnivorous species that explore and show a great deal of curiosity during foraging in their native African habitat.  
 
Bringing species back from the brink of extinction is the goal of San Diego Zoo Global. As a leader in conservation, the work of San Diego Zoo Global includes onsite wildlife conservation efforts (representing both plants and animals) at the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, as well as international field programs on six continents.  The important conservation and science work of these entities is made possible by the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy and is supported in part by the Foundation of San Diego Zoo Global.

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