Animal Advent-ures this Christmas

It was time for a little festive fun at ZSL London Zoo, as zookeepers prepared some seasonal surprises for the Zoo’s residents to enjoy.

Asiatic lions enjoy early Christmas treats

Counting down to Christmas, keepers created a giant advent calendar for the Zoo’s troop of Critically Endangered western lowland gorillas, the doors filled with the nation’s favourite festive veg - 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 Ghenghis enjoy giant Xmas stocking at ZSL London Zoo

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 Animal Operations Manager, Angela Ryan, 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 searched their hand-made advent calendar to find the treats hidden inside - just like kids all over the country as they count down to Christmas. 

“The keepers are just hoping the sprouts don’t make it a ‘windy’ day at the Zoo!”

Western lowland gorilla Kumbuka enjoys giant advent calendar at ZSL London Zoo

With plenty of festive fun to keep the whole family entertained, ZSL London Zoo is the perfect day out this Christmas. ZSL members go free all year, so make the most out of your visit while making a valuable contribution to our work by becoming a ZSL member

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