ZOOKEEPERS at Drusillas Park have been giving their visitors a gentle reminder to stay away from non-recyclable wrapping paper this Christmas. To demonstrate how pretty eco-friendly paper can look, keepers gave their animals some early Christmas treats, wrapped in 100% recyclable paper.

Christmas doesn’t have to be an excuse to use excessive plastic and non-recyclable glittery paper, there are lots of festive environmentally friendly options around. All of the presents given to Drusillas’ animals were wrapped in eco-friendly, recyclable wrapping paper.

Head Keeper, Sophie Leadbitter, said: “We love Christmas, and we don’t want to seem like we are putting a dampener on things, but we do want to remind people of the importance of caring for our wildlife and environment at all times of the year. All of the zookeepers at Drusillas wanted to take a minute to remind everyone to think of our wildlife and environment when wrapping up presents this year.”

“All of that plastic has to go somewhere, and it often finds its way into the stomachs of wildlife. Glitter might look pretty in the short term, but it won’t look pretty when it’s sitting in a landfill. There are lots of biodegradable options that looks just as festive. Take a look at the paper we used on our animal’s gifts, 100% recyclable and it looks great!”

Drusillas animals were thrilled to receive their wrapped-up gifts! Tucking into all manner of insects and veggies as they tore into the parcels. Little macaque, Mango, was the most excited

of all the animals to receive a Christmas gift and had to be given a time out by his mother for jumping too hard on the boxes.

Head Keeper, Sophie Leadbitter, said: “Delivering the animals’ meals in imaginative and unusual ways is all part of the zoo’s daily enrichment programme, with Christmas being no exception. This ensures they receive a varied and diverse diet, as well as encouraging them to think and work for their food as they would in the wild.”

Although the Park is shut to the public from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day, the zoo team will be beavering away throughout the holidays to ensure all the animals are clean and comfortable. Only then will the keepers be able to go home and have a Merry Christmas of their own.

Located just off the A27 in Alfriston, Drusillas Park is open daily from 10am (with the exception of the 24th, 25th and 26th of December – Drusillas reopens on the 27th December). For more information, please telephone 01323 874100 or visit the website www.drusillas.co.uk