Dudley Zoo animals enjoy Christmas enrichment

Christmas is in full swing at Dudley Zoo and Castle and even the animals are joining in the festivities.

At this time of year, seasonal Brussels sprouts are incorporated into many of the attraction’s rare species’ five-a-day, including Kira the giraffe, who has been tucking into sprout stalks with gusto!

Meanwhile other animals across the 40-acre site have been treated to a few early wrapped presents and keepers have decorated enclosures with handcrafted enrichment gifts, including papier-mâché holly and berries for the meerkats, Santa’s post box for the Asian short-clawed otters and even the zoo’s smallest animals in the farm barn haven’t been forgotten, with a Santa’s workshop hideout for the guinea pigs!

During the season of giving, DZC is delighted to have contributed to 12 in-situ animal conservation projects across the globe, including £20,000 to Sintang Orangutan Center in Indonesia, £5,250 to Save the Tasmanian Devil in Australia and £2,800 to The Lemur Conservation Association in Madagascar, with ten fundraising days held on-site throughout 2022 to raise awareness of various animal species, including tapirs, camels and parrots. Media and Communications Officer, Rachel Hickman, said:

“We’ve been enjoying a few wonderful festive weeks on site as we’ve welcomed families to our Christmas grotto, which has proved so popular we’ve had to release extra slots up until it’s closure on Christmas Eve, when Santa has to leave to collect the reindeer and fill his sleigh.

“Here at DZC, Christmas Day is the only day the zoo is closed to the public, but although it’s business as usual for our keeping team, many will still pop on site, even if they’re not on duty, to distribute a few special goodies left by Santa.”

For more information about Santa’s grotto visit dudleyzoo.org.uk.


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