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Zoo Miami Animals Get in to the Christmas Spirit

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: December 8, 2020 11:13 pm

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A chimpanzee opens a Christmas present at Zoo Miami

Photo Credit: Ron Magill/ Zoo Miami

The animals at Zoo Miami have enjoyed opening some early Christmas gifts this week as part of their enrichment program.


Keepers work hard throughout the year to ensure that the animals in their care are kept mentally and physically stimulated. This may include making a fruitsicle where their favorite treats are hidden in ice or filling tubes with mealworms that the animals need to work to get out.

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An Asian elephant explores a Christmas tree

Photo Credit: Ron Magill/ Zoo Miami

During the holiday season keepers put in extra effort to make the enrichment more festive.


This year, sloth bear, Hank, enjoyed a gift box filled with mealworms and his favorite bear chow, wrapped in polar bear paper that he happily ripped into while quickly sucking up the contents.

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Sloth bear, Hank, opens his Christmas present

Photo Credit: Ron Magill/ Zoo Miami

Our adult Asian elephants Dalip and Nellie ate their Holiday tree that had cantaloupes and apples for ornaments while the youngster, Ongard, ate his snowman that was decorated with peanut butter, sugar- free gelatin and a variety of his favorite fruits and vegetables!


Jaguars, Reina and Adonia got to stroll through “Candy Cane Lane” and explore the gift boxes while also savoring “bloodsicles” which are blocks of ice made with blood from meat.

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A mastchie's tree kangaroo explores his Christmas present

Photo Credit: Ron Magill/ Zoo Miami

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Banyon, the Matchie’s tree kangaroo, carefully opened beautifully wrapped gift boxes containing newspaper strips and banana pieces.


Finally, the chimpanzee troop made up of, Niger, Hondo, Samantha and Bubbles, thoroughly enjoyed exploring their habitat that had been decorated with a variety of holiday ornaments including a large Santa, a 6 foot tall snowman and a variety of gift boxes and tubes containing many of their favorite fruits and vegetables. They also received special containers filled with diluted vanilla and chocolate Ensure as well as red Gatorade, a favorite treat.

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A jaguar explores candy cane lane which has been made by its keepers

Photo Credit: Ron Magill/ Zoo Miami

Learn more about Zoo Miami on their website – Zoo Miami


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