ith no-one allowed through the gates at London Zoo this bank holiday the animals kept themselves occupied with an Easter egg hunt.
Zookeepers arranged the festive activity for the meerkats and squirrel monkeys painting papier-mache eggs, filling them with their favourite treats and hiding them around their enclosures.
Animal manager Angela Ryan said: “After what has felt like a particularly long winter, Easter is finally approaching and the warm weather has made a comeback – making it the perfect time to put on an egg hunt for the animals to enjoy.”
The animals were kept amused as they hunted for their treats inside eggs and baskets among the sand and rocks in their enclosures.
Ms Ryan added: “The squirrel monkeys were particularly keen on hunting for snacks inside their Easter baskets and, while there were plenty of treat-filled eggs to go round, that didn’t stop a few of the meerkats getting protective over their Easter hoard – something that may be familiar to other households this Sunday.”
It comes after London Zoo warned it is facing a fight for survival because it is “impossible” for it to access any of the £100million the Government has set aside to help wildlife parks.
Director General of the Zoological Society of London Dominic Jermey said the criteria attached to national funding “render it impossible for the larger UKzoos to access” and claimed £93million of this money “lies undistributed and unspent”.
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has about 20,000 animals across its main zoo in Regent’s Park and at Whipsnade in Bedfordshire.
The charity has missed out on about £20million of income during the coronavirus pandemic and it is facing another Easter Bank Holiday under lockdown.