Topeka zoo wants used live Christmas trees for its animals

December 26, 2019 GMT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Zoo animals in Topeka will soon be making use of castoff live Christmas trees.

The city said in a news release that the trees can be dropped off starting Thursday at a special location at Gage Park, where the zoo is located.

Zoo Director Brendan Wiley says animals that can benefit from the trees include lions, tigers, owls, mountain lions, giraffes, black bears and painted dogs. Once the animals make use of the trees, they will be ground up and turned into mulch.

The trees must be free of ornaments, hooks, tinsel and tree stands. They also can’t be in plastic bags.