Animals at Drusillas enjoy festive treats on Christmas Day

As the nation sat down to turkey dinners on December 25, dedicated zoo keepers were out in force caring for the animals at Drusillas Park in Alfriston.

The park was shut to the public from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day, but the zoo team were beavering away to ensure all the animals were clean, fed and well cared for.

They delivered a few festive food parcels to ensure their four-legged friends had a very Merry Christmas of their own.

A spokeswoman said: “The racoons rejoiced as their favourite fare was served up in gift wrapped boxes for the troop to discover. Woody, Bandit and Turpin revelled with excitement as they tore open the parcels, which contained paw paw, mango and banana.

The coatis also enjoyed some zooper foods. Their bespoke boxes were crammed full of grapes, walnuts, raisins and other foody favourites. The group took no time in tearing open the parcels and rummaging enthusiastically for the goodies within.”

Delivering the animals’ meals in imaginative and unusual ways is all part of the zoo’s daily enrichment programme. This ensures they receive a varied and diverse diet, as well as encouraging them to think and work for their food as they would in the wild.