“Donors will now hand over the donated firs to selected animals. They are especially enjoyed by ungulates, for other animals, such as kea parrots or honey eaters, they will be a welcome enrichment, “said Maděrová.
The festive feeding of Indian elephants began around one afternoon and was watched by several dozen people, mostly families with children. Elephants used the trees as a toy and a delicacy. The elephants even fought for them.
The director of the zoo, Miroslav Bobek, said on Tuesday that for most animals, the trees are mainly scattered. According to him, however, the zoo only accepts trees that are left with the sellers. According to him, remnants of wires or ornaments could remain on the trees from households, which could harm the animals.
Bobek stated that the animals received their Christmas menu during the commented feeding on Monday and will be served by Wednesday. In January, however, the animals will still enjoy the branches of the Christmas tree from the Old Town Square.
He added that about fifteen species of animals regularly receive trees. After the elephants in the afternoon, the trees were also pleased with the chabrak hyenas, which are located near the elephant pavilion, and the lowland gorillas. However, they also enjoy kea, wolves, bison, bison or honey eaters. For example, giraffes used the trees as scratches, according to zoo representatives.
About 5,200 visitors visited the Prague Zoo on Christmas Day. they probably decided to give the animals kept in the Troja garden area edible gifts.
Surplus for animals from 27 to 29 December
Source: Prague Zoo
The working gardens near them to the main zoo selected fruit and vegetables in particular. Biscuits or dry pastries also appeared in the prepared crates in which the zoo staff stored the gifts.
A total of 680 kilograms of apples, 560 kilograms of carrots or 530 kilograms of dry bread have accumulated in the zoo, said spokeswoman Maděrová.
For example, in 2019, humans brought a total of about five crates of dry bread, 33 crates of apples, twenty crates of walnuts, seventeen crates of salads, and eleven crates of sponge cakes. Last year, the action was curtailed due to government measures related to the covid pandemic.
Guided feeds will also take place on New Year’s Eve, a special program is prepared for visitors on January 2. Kaspar, Melichar and Baltazar will go to the Three Kings around the zoo, who will give small gifts to children’s visitors. It is also planned to feed bipedal camels.