If you have yet to throw away your Christmas tree then the lions at Linton Zoo would love to have it as a new toy.
Greenery is very important to the rare breed zoo in Hadstock Road and can be used for a variety of purposes, including decoration, toys for the animals and fuel.
Zoo director Kim Simmons said: “Before you throw your Christmas trees on the rubbish pile please spare us a thought.
“Live rooted and growing trees can be given a second chance at life by being planted in one of our animal enclosures.
“Trees without roots can be used to decorate our aviaries and as enrichment for many of our animals including the lions, tigers and snow leopards.
“Once the cut trees have dried out they are used as fuel for our bio-burner, which provides additional heating and hot water to help run our zoo at this very expensive, cold time of year.”
Trees can be left at the front gate or on the drive if the zoo happens to be closed when you go.
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