Folly Farm's animals join the nation’s celebrations
Britain commemorated Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday with parties across the country but the celebrations didn’t stop there, as our animals tucked into our street party leftovers.
Leftovers for the lemurs - Rosie Griffin, our zoo supervisor and primate keeper, dishes out the booty.
Thanks to Sainsbury’s in Tenby, our black and white ruffed lemurs enjoyed surplus picnic food from the store, joining the celebrations in their own way. The supermarket has been donating food to us for seven years, avoiding approximately seven tonnes of waste being sent to landfill. And that's a great thing for our local environment.
Contents of the food donations change from week to week and during seasonal peaks our animals enjoy products such as cranberries at Christmas time and strawberries and cucumber during the summer months.
For their ‘street party’ lunch, our animals gorged on bananas, berries, carrots and tomatoes.
"I know there's honey on the back of that mask...you're not fooling anyone."
Emma Beynon, operations manager at Folly Farm said:
“It’s so lovely to see our animals getting involved and enjoying the celebrations like everyone else in the country. Due to the specific diet requirements, we can’t dish all the food out, but most of the animals enjoy the healthy fruit and vegetables and occasionally the farmyard animals in the Jolly Barn, are allowed bread products as a special treat."
“Our local Sainsbury’s has been donating to us for a few years now and it’s lovely to see the community working together, helping each other out.”
Lorraine Jones, PR ambassador at Sainsbury’s, Tenby, said:
“With a national event such as Her Majesty’s birthday, we make sure we stock the food people will need to suit the celebrations. Ahead of the Queen’s birthday, a lot of people held street parties and wanted cakes, pastries, picnic and BBQ food. Donating leftovers is a great way to make use of the waste that would normally be sent back to the depot and be deposited in landfill. This way we are encouraging sustainability and helping to feed the local animals as well.”