Tree-mendous fun for Dudley Zoo animals - with video

By Heather Large | Entertainment | Published: | Last Updated:

Animals at Dudley Zoo are having tree-mendous fun thanks to leftover festive firs.

None of the 44 Christmas trees used to decorate the 11th century castle courtyard throughout December are going to waste.

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The likes of the zoo's Carpathian lynx, meerkats, lions, tigers, chimps, gibbons, orangutans and macaques are enjoying playing with the evergreens, as they play amongst the branches and enjoy the heady pine scent.

Curator Richard Brown, said:“We can hide food in the branches, but mostly the trees stimulate the animals simply on their own as they love exploring and playing and the bristly texture and unique smell is something different, as they don’t get them all year round.

Plenty of fun for chimps

“We’re also keen to make sure all the trees we purchase for the zoo site over the Christmas period are recycled, so using them as animal enrichment gives them a second lease of life.

“Any we don’t use with the animals are turned into wood-chipping by our gardeners, which we use across the zoo site, so nothing is wasted.”

Heather Large

By Heather Large
Special projects reporter - @HeatherL_star

Senior reporter and part of the Express & Star special projects team specialising in education and human interest features.


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