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Animals at Belfast Zoo want your unwanted Christmas trees

Date: 23 December 2021

Animals at Belfast Zoo want your unwanted Christmas trees

Please note that the donation period for Christmas trees has now closed. 

We are appealing to the public to donate their Christmas trees to the animals again this year!

You can leave your Christmas tree in our drop off area at the zoo between Saturday 1 and Monday 3 January 2022. There is no charge to leave your tree however we will be accepting donations in the Visitor Centre towards our supported conservation projects.

We will use donated trees for animal enrichment ranging from scent play to shelter and food foraging. Any excess Christmas trees which aren’t used by the animals will be recycled by chipping the trees. We can use tree chippings in zoo enclosures and as mulch for flower beds.

Zoo Manager, Andrew Hope, explains: “The natural tree recycling idea has been a festive hit with locals over the years. We are pleased to offer the incentive for the first time since January 2020.

The trees provide our animals with a fantastic form of enrichment. Christmas trees are extremely tactile, have a strong scent and have a range of different uses depending on the animal. The meerkats love exploring and climbing through the branches whereas the Barbary lions enjoy the strong pine scent, and Asian elephants eat most of the tree.”

To donate your Christmas tree, go to our drop off in the zoo’s allocated area in the main car park on the available dates. Make the most of your trip with a visit to the zoo which is open daily from 10am until 4pm (last entry 2.30pm). Online booking is essential