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Keepers provide festive enrichment at ZSL London Zoo

Keepers at ZSL London Zoo have been busy on the count down to Christmas preparing some seasonal surprises for the animals to enjoy.

A giant advent calendar was created for the Zoo’s troop of Critically Endangered western lowland gorillas – each door filled with festive veg, including Brussels sprouts.

Elsewhere, Asiatic lionesses Heidi, Indi and Rubi woke up to their very own ‘Christmas pudding’ – a giant ball scented with classic yuletide spices – cinnamon and nutmeg – gifted by the Zoo’s Land of the Lions sponsors, Liontrust.

Bactrian camels Noemie and Genghis also got in on the Christmas celebrations, with breakfast served in a super-sized stocking – a festive twist for the nativity favourites.

ZSL’s Head of Primates Daniel Simmonds, said: “It’s the season of giving and our keepers enjoy sharing the Christmas magic with the animals they look after at ZSL London Zoo.

“Our lionesses loved practising their hunting prowess by playing with their spice-scented pudding ball, while our gorillas spent hours searching their hand-made advent calendar to find the treats hidden inside – just like kids all over the country as they count down to Christmas.”

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Bactrian camels Noemie & Ghenghis enjoy giant Xmas stocking (c) ZSL London Zoo

western lowland gorilla Kumbuka enjoys giant advent calendar 5(c) ZSL London Zoo


Main image: Asiatic lioness Heidi with giant Christmas pud (c) ZSL London Zoo

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