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Several Animals at Brookfield Zoo Get an Annual Treat: Discarded Christmas Trees or Holiday Trees for Nibbling and Playing

Tue January 29 2019 8:28 am  https://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?p=574430
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Reindeer, giraffes, and bison like to nibble on evergreen trees, and polar bears have some of their food served in the evergreen trees.

More than 500 holiday trees were decorated this past holiday season for the Tree Trim at Brookfield Zoo. Although in January, the majority of the trees get chipped and used for landscaping around the park; there are a few dozen holiday trees that are repurposed and given to the animals for enrichment.

REINDEER SPA
On January 22, 2019 the reindeer and bison rubbed their antlers and horns, respectively, against the fir-scented trees.

BISON GYM
Ron, the zoo’s large male bison could be seen flipping the trees into the air.

TREE A LA CARTE
The polar bears, Hudson and Nan, received trees decorated with various food items, including fish, meat, and vegetables.

CEILING SALAD
Even the giraffes—Jasari, Potoka, and Arnieta—enjoyed the seasonal treat. Animal care staff hung a tree upside down about 15 feet high in the giraffes’ indoor habitat.

BUCKETS OF SNOW
In addition, animal care staff bought some of the snow in for Ben and Charlotte, the zoo’s North American river otters. The two seemed enjoy thoroughly the several large buckets of snow that they received.

Not Wednesday and Thursday this week, but Winter is often a great time to venture out to Brookfield Zoo and see the cold-hardy animals. Guests who visit Brookfield Zoo in January and February on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays receive free general admission (parking fees still applies).

The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by engaging people and communities with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. Its Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare is at the forefront of animal care that strives to discover and implement innovative approaches to zoo animal management. Brookfield Zoo is the first zoo in the world to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals, meeting American Humane Association’s rigorous certification standards.

Open every day of the year, the zoo is located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA and PACE bus service. For further information, visit CZS.org.

Ron the Bison seems to enjoy tossing a tree

Ron, the Bison, seems to enjoy tossing a tree.

Giraffes eating inverted tree at Brookfield Zoo

Giraffes eating inverted tree at Brookfield Zoo.

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