Merry meerkats hang up their stockings

Mini mammals prepare for Santa’s arrival at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s merry mob of meerkats have busy hanging up their stockings, as they eagerly await the arrival of Santa Claus.

The man in red himself will be flying into the Zoo on Saturday (November 23) to take up his annual residence in the fairytale grotto, as Whipsnade’s magical Meet Santa experience launches.

To prepare for his arrival, Paul, George and Ringo’s personalised stockings have been hung on their very own fireplace to form part of their daily enrichment activities - keeping them active as they investigate something new.


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Ringo gets comfy next to his 'fire' place.

Zookeeper Mark Holden said: “Paul, George and Ringo have definitely made it onto Santa’s nice list this year, so we’ll be stuffing their stockings full of their favourite cricket snacks as a pre-Christmas treat. Stuffed stockings are a great way of keeping the trio stimulated and encouraging them to be inquisitive.”

"What treats has Santa brought me?"

Little ones visiting ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s Meet Santa experience over the festive period will be able whisper their Christmas wishes to him, have their photo taken by cheeky elf photographers and receive a special gift to take home, along with a bag of magical reindeer dust.

There’ll also be the chance to learn fun facts about Santa’s favourite little helpers – the reindeers - during a daily talk at their paddock outside the grotto, and take part in a host of Christmas craft sessions to make tree decorations and festive cards to keep.


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Looks like Paul loved his beetle filled stocking!

 

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