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A troop of Endangered chimpanzees at the UK’s largest zoo have gone wild for early Christmas presents from zookeepers – marking the start of Christmas at Whipsnade Zoo.

The chimpanzees delved into the festive enrichment boxes to find their hidden snacks -encouraging the primates to use their foraging and puzzle-solving skills. Adult male Grant worked out that the boxes were full of snacks and grabbed as many Christmas gifts as he could, while 21-year-old Elvis quickly sussed how to open the boxes and got busy tucking into his favourite healthy treats of carrots and chickpeas. 

Visitors to the UK’s conservation zoo can join in with festive fun every weekend in December, and then every day from the 16 to 24 December. With a packed schedule of activities and talks to enjoy, every visit directly supports the work of ZSL – the international conservation charity. Find out more at  

Images from Whipsnade Zoo 


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Whipsnade Zoo Elephant

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is the UK’s biggest Zoo.