Chicago Zoo Repurposes Old Christmas Trees for Animal Enrichment

After the holiday season, many animals at the Brookfield Zoo near Chicago, Illinois, enjoyed Christmas trees repurposed for enrichment on Friday, January 13.

Video shared by Lynette Kleisner/CZS-Brookfield Zoo on Friday shows Hudson the polar bear; Brutus and Titus the African lions; and African painted dogs snacking on raw meat hidden within the branches.

The zoo’s reindeer and bison rubbed their antlers and horns on the old trees, the footage showed.

The zoo said that more than 800 trees, “which were decorated by community organizations, families, and corporations and on display” during the holiday, would be chipped and used as mulch within the park. Credit: Lynette Kleisner/CZS-Brookfield Zoo via Storyful

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