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Christmas for the Animals Trees To Benefit Monroe Zoo

The Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo needs your help to bring Christmas cheer to its animals.
One of the gibbons (a type of ape) at the zoo. (KTVE/KARD)
One of the gibbons (a type of ape) at the zoo. (KTVE/KARD)
A gibbon inside her enclosure at the zoo. (KTVE/KARD)
A gibbon inside her enclosure at the zoo. (KTVE/KARD)
MONROE -- During the Christmas season, we can't forget our furry friends.
    
The Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo needs your help to bring Christmas cheer to its animals.

Christmas for the Animals trees are set up throughout Monroe. They're decorated with animal ornaments showing the zoo's need for each animal.
    
Those needs include bird seed, buckets, canned tuna, mixed nuts, and dried fruits to large items like animal carriers and a golf cart.

"Someone who has these items, and we're not opposed to having used items, or the case may be new items...They can donate these to the zoo and we'd be happy to take them and use them," said zoo director Joe Clawson.

Those needs stretch beyond Christmas. New or used donations are accepted throughout the year.

The zoo accepts donations of old purses, which they use to stuff items inside for curious monkeys. Perfume and spices are also encouraged for some of the animals for enrichment purposes.

"We run the zoo for the community. It is a community resource, we hope that people come and see the animals and enjoy them, and we try and make the animal's life as good as we possibly can," said Clawson.

You can find trees at Neville and St. Frederick high schools, Washington Plaza, Community Trust Bank on 18th Street, and Iberia Bank on Oliver Road at Tower Drive.
    
You have until the end of the month to drop off donations either in the box provided at these locations or the zoo.

For more information, visit http://www.monroezoo.org/
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