Roosevelt Park Zoo Giving Tree helps animals have happy holidays

MINOT, N.D. - The Roosevelt Park Zoo's giving tree is reminding shoppers that the holiday season isn't only for people, but for animals as well.

Each ornament on the tree represents a gift zoo patrons can purchase for zoo animals.

The gifts not only give the animals fun toys to play with, but also gives the animals daily enrichment.

“Enrichment is an interactive activity for the animals so that their inspired to use their natural abilities. Especially during those long winter months, they need to stay active. People need to stay active, and we end up spending a lot of time inside also,” said Roosevelt Park Zoo Crew Director Jennifer Kleen.

The tree is located in the zoo's lobby, and visitors are encouraged to take an ornament before they leave so they can help the animals have happy holidays.