Christmas has come early for some of the animals at Bristol Zoo Gardens as Santa paid an early visit to hand out presents filled with tasty treats.
The Zoo’s crowned lemurs, penguins and raccoons were given stockings and presents full of their favourite foods – fresh vegetables for the lemurs, fish for the penguins and meal worms for the meerkats.
Bristol Zoo’s Senior Curator of Animals, John Partridge, said: “The stockings and presents are more than just festive decoration as they are also a great form of enrichment, helping to keep the animals interested and active because they have to hunt and forage for their food, making dinnertime a little bit more exciting.”
There’s plenty going on at Bristol Zoo Gardens this Christmas. The countdown to the big day begins on Saturday (December 2) when Santa’s Grotto opens in the heart of the Zoo.
Father Christmas will be there every day meeting children one-to-one and asking what presents they would like before he flies off to start making deliveries on Christmas Eve. Tickets to see Santa cost just £10 which includes Zoo entry. To book your visit, click here.
Everyone loves a Christmas film and to get people in the mood there is a line-up of great festive movies at the Zoo on three successive Sundays.
Elf, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Home Alone and Nightmare Before Christmas! will all be screened in the Zoo’s own theatre on Sunday December 3, 10 and 17. Prices cost from £5 and include entry to the Zoo but tickets are selling fast. Book online here.
Visitors can also enjoy the Zoo’s colourful animal-shaped Christmas lights, its giant Christmas tree and enjoy warming food and refreshments in the new Hide restaurant.
You can also buy Christmas trees from the Zoo’s west car park on College Road every day, at a variety of prices.
Owain Cassidy, Bristol Zoo’s head of marketing and development, said: “We are pulling out all the stops to make the run-up to Christmas a really memorable one. Bristol Zoo looks truly magical at this time of year and we can genuinely say that we have something for everyone.”