Hot stew on menu!

Keepers cooked up a warming stew for our seven chimpanzee girls during the latest cold snap.

The keepers in Lower Primates boiled a pot of vegetables and then blended them together while they were still warm to make a stew which was served up as a drink in plastic bottles.

Senior Keeper Jodie Dryden said: “Usually the chimps can eat all their food raw, such as carrots and cabbage but, because of the chilly weather, we’ve cooked and blended some into a drink.

“We blended together some cooked carrot, cooked onions and cooked potato into a stew-like consistency and it went down a treat. They also held the bottles close to keep their hands warm in between sips.”

Our chimps also enjoy warm water and warm squash on a regular basis in wintry weather.