Keepers have spruced up the red panda enclosure, following a donation of surplus evergreens from Clent garden centre, Barnett Hill Garden and Leisure Store.
Assistant Curator, Richard Brown, said: “We are very grateful to Barnett Hill Garden Centre for thinking of our animals. Some of the trees were in pots with roots, so we’ve been able to plant them straight into the red panda enclosure.
“Yasmin and Yang love climbing and hiding in the trees, so these evergreens will provide extra cover for them all year round.”
The remainder of the festive firs have been used in enclosures across the site as enrichment for the lynx, tigers and snow leopards.
Barnett Hill Garden and Leisure Store Manager, Nick Walton, said: “Having our own Pets and Aquatics Department we know how difficult it can be in providing a unique environment for each animal. Therefore, we are delighted to offer an alternative way on recycling our fresh cut and potted Christmas trees, which in turn provides a richer environment in which the animals of Dudley Zoo can live and prosper.
“It is wonderful to have such an array of animals on our community’s door step which are cared for so attentively by the all the team at Dudley Zoo. We hope this will be the first step in building a strong relationship with DZG and we look forward to working with them on other projects in the near future.”
Tree time: (from left) Barnett Hill Garden and Leisure Store Acting Plant Manager, Nigel Summerfield a former DZG keeper and Manager Nick Walton hand over the trees to DZG Assistant Curator Richard Brown.
TOP: Nigel gives Jay Haywood a hand in planting the trees in the red panda enclosure.