Keepers on the big cat section at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park
, near Hythe in Kent are appealing to the public to donate any surplus bamboo plants, shrubbery and any types of grasses to the Aspinall Foundation in order that it can be planted in and round the animal enclosures to provide places to hide, make it more natural and overall to improve and enrich their lives.
The keepers are always looking for ways in which to enrich the lives of the animals and will consider anything the public has and are also looking for house or office plants for use in the reptile house. The big cat keepers are willing to collect any superfluous foliage from houses, businesses or farms. Alternatively, supporters of the Aspinall Foundation are invited to ring 01303 264647 and arrange to bring unwanted greenery directly to the park.
Commented Richard Barnes, head of large carnivore section:
“The park is extensive and we are always seeking to develop and enhance the area that the animals inhabit. There are many areas of the park that are in need of additional foliage particularly in and around the Barbary lion’s enclosures and the tigers. Any help with this appeal would be most appreciated”.