Preparing for winter

Autumn brings about one of our zoo keepers’ least loved tasks – collecting up fallen leaves!

Although it may seem an endless job, our forward-thinking ungulate staff are busy making sure our leaf-eating mammals will be set for winter by stockpiling the driest fallen foliage.

Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “Being situated on a 40-acre site where there are lots of trees, ultimately means there are plenty of leaves dropping to the floor at this time of year.

“We fill large airtight plastic barrels with leaves and browse so we can continue providing vegetation to our tapirs, giraffes, reindeer, kangaroos and barbary sheep throughout the winter, when all the site’s trees will be bare.”

Pictured: Brazilian tapir, Meena, helps Trainee Keeper, Josh Luxton, stockpile the leaves from the South American paddock.