Many of the downed tree branches from Sunday’s snow in the Omaha metro area are being put to good use. The Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium sent out a message on Facebook asking for donations. The zoo’s Browse Coordinator Roni Deever is grateful that many people responded and they could use more.
Deever says, “Whether it just be a few or a pickup load, we’ve been able to get quite a bit in. It looks like we will be able to get quite a bit in the next couple of days as well so we are very excited and very thankful.”
Deever says, “We are looking for fresh material. If the leaves aren’t crispy. We want to make sure they are fresh and even if the bark is peel-able because those are the two items big items our animals will eat.”
Deever says they are looking for fresh branches only. The trees must not have been treated with pesticides or come from dead or dying trees. Deever says the animals prefer branches and limbs elm, hackberry, mulberry, birch, honey locust, linden and willow trees.
Those wanting more information can contact the Browse Department at 402-738-6947 or email browse@OmahaZoo.com.