Trees given for animals

Staff at Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens with a host of Christmas trees.
Staff at Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens with a host of Christmas trees.

Animals at Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens have been enjoying sniffing, scratching and scrambling on pine trees thanks to Christmas tree donations.

In December, the zoo put out a call for used Christmas trees to be donated to provide enrichment for the animals, and they have been inundated.

Steven Sykes, animal centre manager at Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, said: “The response has been fantastic, we have received over 300 trees and the keepers are putting them to very good use.”

At this time of year the trees feature heavily in the zoo’s enrichment programme, which is designed to stimulate a range of natural behaviours in the animals.

Animal keeper Rachel Chapman added: “Enrichment plays a very important role in captive animal care.

“Using the trees to hide their feed makes the lemurs work for their food.”