We’re branching out!

Our 16 black-cheeked lovebirds are branching out with new recycled perches.

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Keepers have added willow tree branches to their enclosure after trimming down the trees in the South American pool area, so visitors can get a clearer view of the avian residents.

The birds, who can be found by the orang utan house, are enjoying stripping the bark from the branches.

Senior Keeper, Ben Vanes, said: “The birds will use the stripped bark as nesting material in their boxes.

“We also left all the little spindly branches on, so that they’ll have something to chew on.”

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But it’s not just the birds who have been enjoying recycled willow branches across the zoo site.

Following a trim of the large tree in the flamingo enclosure by the zoo’s gardening team, the giraffes, barbary sheep, tapirs, capabara and porcupines have also been treated to the cut branches – which means nothing’s gone to waste!

Section Leader, Jay Haywood, said: “Similar to the lovebirds, the animals enjoy chewing the bark off it.

“It’s not only good for their teeth but it’s also great enrichment for them all.”