Marldon Christmas Tree Farm is donating 100 surplus Christmas trees to the Zoo – a registered charity – so they can be used as enrichment for animals. The trees are being given to a range of animals including meerkats, anoa, capybara and primates.
Marldon Christmas Tree Farm’s Mary Bell told the Devon Week: “This is the most innovative and unusual way of recycling Christmas trees that we have ever come across. We are delighted to help the zoo.”
Holly Farmer of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust Field Conservation and Research Department said: “Environmental enrichment is about stimulating animals mentally and physically, engaging curiosity and encouraging natural behaviours. It’s like giving your pet a toy to play with.
“The trees are novel items that the animals will investigate. The smell and the resin will be stimulating as well. For some animals we will also hide food in the branches.”