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A Christmas Tree Treat for Zoo Animals!

by Lori Hehn - December 17, 2017 at 6:22 PM
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Did you know that some zoos accept donated Christmas trees as a special treat for their animals? Apparently, giraffes, elephants, deer, and other animals love Christmas trees. The trees have to be “clean,” as some commercial trees may be treated with chemicals.

Some tree farms will donate their leftover trees to zoos who will accept them. Unused trees are best, to avoid any tinsel, hooks, flocking, glitter, etc. that could be left behind on any used trees.

These trees not only provide a snack, but enrichment for these animals. Who doesn’t love the smell of pine? The animals like to rub on them, sleep on them, and play with them.

“Elephants don’t usually munch on pine trees or other conifers, but they seem to like them just the same. And actually, pine needles are really high in Vitamin C, so they’re kind of like a health food too.”

 
 
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About Lori Hehn

Lori Hehn is a practicing veterinarian and a contributor and content manager with XPrep Learning Solutions. She has a drive for continual learning and enjoys interacting with veterinary and vet tech students. She also writes veterinary learning books for children.

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