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Ditch your old ‘duds’ and donate to Belfast Zoo!

Date: 03 Dec 2018


Are you doing a clear out before Christmas and thinking of dumping some old clothes that are gathering dust in your wardrobe?

Whether it’s a knitted nightmare from granny, last season’s Gucci or your old bedsheets, you can donate your old clothes and bedding to Belfast Zoo’s gorillas and chimpanzees!

Zoo curator, Julie Mansell, explains “The chimps and gorillas love to play with old clothing and bedding; playing, snuggling up and even shredding the items.  These materials are a great form of enrichment for our apes.  Enrichment is a key part of providing the best care possible for our animals.  We use a range of different enrichment techniques to encourage natural behaviours and to provide stimulation for our animals, including basic enclosure design, artificial termite mounds, frozen treats, scent bags, wobble feeders and much more!”

If you would like more information on suitable items or if you would like to donate to Belfast Zoo, call on 028 9077 6277 or email  You can leave your donation into our business reception at the front of the zoo between 9.30am and 3.30pm daily.

You can help provide enrichment for all the zoo’s animals by donating other enrichment items including:

  • Logs
  • Cardboard carpet tubes
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Fire hoses
  • Hanging baskets
  • Unbreakable mirrors
  • Pine cones
  • Sacks
  • Bungee cord
  • Brush / mop heads
  • Netting
  • Barrels
  • Christmas trees