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Christmas With the Animals

Christmas with the Animals 2013
Photo by Dan Collins

Christmas may be over for everyone else, but not for the animals at the Great Plains Zoo.

The Zoo will host Christmas with the Animals from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 11.

Zookeepers and volunteers will be decorating donated Christmas trees with edible treats for the animals to enjoy. Zoo-goers will be able to watch the animals unwrap presents filled with fruits and vegetables, munch on garlands made of Cheerios, and nibble on the Christmas trees.

I took my kids for the past few years and it’s a great way to get some winter walking exercise. The photo above was taken by me when a reindeer got a Christmas present box stuck on his head. This was one of the highlights of the day!

It’s as if the animals feel a need to entertain us. They’re playful, active, and of course, love to open Christmas presents, too.

Christmas With the Animals 2013 PHOTOS

Christmas with the Animals is part of the Zoo’s ongoing animal enrichment efforts. The
purpose of enrichment is to encourage natural behaviors such as foraging, scent marking and hunting.


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A press release from the Great Plains Zoo contributed to this report.

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