The countdown to Christmas has begun at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in England. Zookeepers have been busy preparing a special seasonal surprise for the zoo’s herd of Asian elephants, an indoor forest of Christmas trees! Excited zookeepers also hid some of the Ele’s favourite snacks under the trees. Team leader Stefan Groeneveld said, “we’re all in a festive, celebratory mood now that Whipsnade Zoo is open again. The elephants’ trees were very much there to be played with!"
It's my turn! There were hilarious scenes as a pride of kenyan lions hustled to use a tree as a play park. Cubs and sub adults jostled to claw their way up the trunk and one large female had a precarious time negotiating the upper branches. The charming incident was captured Jan 2021 by Paul Goldstein, a British Wildlife Photographer and guide.