Pri­mates en­joy presents

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Royal Recognition -

An­i­mals at Howletts didn’t miss out on fes­tive good cheer af­ter keep­ers handed out Christ­mas stock­ings.

Brightly coloured stock­ings were hung in the lemur gar­den habi­tat at the wild an­i­mal park – stuffed with tasty treats.

And while cau­tious at first, the an­i­mals – na­tive to Mada­gas­car – soon got into the swing of the sea­son.

They proved so pop­u­lar, the Ja­van gibbons and white-naped mangabeys also re­ceived the spe­cially pre­pared gifts.

Howletts head pri­mate keeper Matt Ford said: “Pro­vid­ing our an­i­mals with new ac­tiv­i­ties and ob­jects to in­ter­act with is an im­por­tant part of the en­rich­ment work that the keep­ers do with the an­i­mals across ev­ery sec­tion as it helps to stim­u­late and in­ter­est the an­i­mals we look af­ter.”

Pic­ture: Dave Rolfe

Le­murs en­joy fes­tive treats at Howletts

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