Crunchy Christmas tree snacks for Berlin Zoo tigers

STORY: While the snack clearly seemed to be the main attraction for both adult tigers as well as their offspring, the use of unused Christmas trees is also a way to keep the large cats entertained.

“We've been doing the Christmas trees and other activities for years. Because we know by now that it's important for the animals to be challenged”, says senior curator Matthias Papies.

The Zoo takes particular pride in the successful breeding of the Sumatra tigers on its premises, as they are listed as endangered species with an approximate of only 400 remaining tigers remaining in their natural habitats.

Mum Mayang has already had several offspring, dad Jae Jae originally comes from San Francisco, then came to Berlin via a London-based breeding programme. The two tiger girls Luise and Lotte were born in September.