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Love is all around at Bristol Zoo Gardens this week in celebration of Valentine’s Day.
From the sweet song of the lovebirds to the striking colours of the love beetle, there are more than 400 species of animal at the Zoo, so there are always a few animal lovers to meet.
As a special Valentines treat, keepers gave some of the loved-up pairs heart shaped presents filled with their favourite treats.
Jock the silverback gorilla and his newest female companion, Kala, had a range of tasty vegetables and seeds inside their piñatas, which were made with love by the Zoo’s team of dedicated volunteers.
Meanwhile, the Zoo’s pair of red pandas, Lady Hilary and Chota, also received piñatas filled with their favourite food, bamboo.
Red pandas are an endangered species, and western lowland gorillas are critically endangered, so the Zoo is hoping both species will breed in the future as part of the captive breeding programmes for these rare species.
Other animal pairs around the Zoo include Biggie and Twiggy the giant tortoises, agile gibbons, Samuel and Duana and the Zoo’s new arrivals Mian and Kitawa,the tree kangaroos, who arrived at the Zoo last May.
The Zoo also offers a host of last-minute valentines gift ideas for animal lovers, including a range of animal adoptions, amazing animal experiences and gifts from the Zoo shop.
The more adventurous can become a ‘Keeper for the Day’, which is designed to give a ‘behind the scenes’ look at working life in the Zoo; or why not give an annual membership and support the Zoo's charitable conservation and education work and have the opportunity to visit the Zoo as often as you like.
To finds out more, visit www.bristolzoo.org.uk/visitor-information/animal-adoptions
For more information about Bristol Zoo Gardens, visit the website at www.bristolzoo.org.uk or phone 0117 974 7300.
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