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Meerkats at London Zoo post ‘Christmas wish lists’ to Santa

April Roach
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Watch: Meerkats at London Zoo send letters to Santa

Meekats at the London Zoo have posted their Christmas wish lists to Santa after keepers installed a minature postbox with their favourite treats hidden inside.

ZSL London Zoo in Regent’s Park is preparing to reopen on Wednesday after a month-long closure.

The zoo shared footage of its meerkats enjoying some crickets that were hidden inside miniature postboxes.

Zookeeper Luke Taylor said: “All the meerkats want for Christmas is for people to visit the zoo this December – because booking a ticket will support the expert care of our 20,000 animals during this difficult time, and ZSL’s global science and conservation work.

One of the resident meerkats at London Zoo ‘posting their Christmas wishlist’ to Santa Claus (PA)
One of the resident meerkats at London Zoo ‘posting their Christmas wishlist’ to Santa Claus (PA)

“Being closed for a combined total of 15 weeks so far this year means we’ve lost out on millions of pounds raised by vital ticket sales, which funds our work; by celebrating Christmas at London Zoo people can enjoy a safe and fun day out while supporting ZSL’s work.”

Both the Zoological Society’s London and Whipsnade zoos were forced to close on November 4 as part of the nationwide lockdown.

<p>Crickets were hidden inside miniature postboxes for the meerkats</p>PA

Crickets were hidden inside miniature postboxes for the meerkats

PA

The tourist attractions are reliant on ticket sales to care for the animals and fund global conservation efforts and the second closure has increased pressure on the charity zoos.

Vets and zookeepers have continued to care for the animals by working through the lockdown.

The public is encouraged to support the zoos by booking a ticket, joining as a member, or donating here.

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