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‘Treecycle’ your old Christmas tree with Belfast Zoo

Date: 26 Dec 2019

elephant eating a christmas tree

Your kind tree donations will go towards providing our animals with enrichment, bedding and some festive fun!

*We have already reached full storage capacity for trees and are no longer able to accept further Christmas tree donations. We would like to thank everyone for their ‘treemendous’ donations this year!*

Your Christmas tree donations provide our animals with an excellent form of enrichment; trees are extremely tactile, have a strong scent and have a range of different uses depending on the animal, including shelter, snacking on and scratching their itches!

‘Treecycle’ donations are open to individuals only.

Zoo Manager, Alyn Cairns, explains “Enrichment is an essential part of providing the best care possible for our animals.  Enrichment is used to encourage natural behaviours and to provide stimulation within their environments.  Our team continually strive to develop new and innovative enrichment techniques. The natural tree recycling idea has been a festive hit with all the locals in recent years and we are pleased to offer the incentive again this year. All of the natural Christmas trees you donate to the zoo will be used for our animals, whether it’s for bedding or snacking on!’’

Belfast Zoo are also keen for other donations including:
• Clothes
• Bed sheets, duvet covers, pillow cases
• Logs
• Cardboard tubes
• Unused pet toys
• Hanging baskets
• Natural pine cones
• Sacks
• Netting
• And much more!