‘Tree-cycling’ gives new life to Busch Gardens trees

Tree-cycling at Busch Gardens (Image courtesy of Busch Gardens)
Tree-cycling at Busch Gardens (Image courtesy of Busch Gardens)

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) – While many Christmas trees end up on the curb, Busch Gardens is giving leftover trees new life.

The theme park makes good use of the 1,500 trees left over from its Christmas Town celebration. Some of the trees end up in the landscaping department, to be put through a wood-chipper and then set aside to age. The chipped trees from Christmas Town create about 40 to 50 tons of mulch each year.

The rest of the trees go toward animal habitats. Busch Gardens said the trees provide mental and physical enrichment for foxes, Arctic wolves, Clydesdales and even an African serval.

“Sometimes the smell and texture of the tree is interesting enough to the animals, but we may also hide food or toys in the tree for the animals to find,” said Jennah Moore, an Associate Animal Care specialist at Busch Gardens.

Click here for more information the park’s Christmas Tree tree-cycling efforts.

The park reopens for the 2014 season on March 16.

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