Santa Claus made a special stop at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden to give special treats to all the good little zoo babies.
And while the zoo says all of their animals are obviously on Santa’s “nice” list, the man in red made a few special stops for the younger residents.
“Santa brought a big ball to baby rhinoceros Ajani Joe and left with a sure favorite for red pandas – bamboo,” said Thane Maynard, director of the Cincinnati Zoo, in a press release. “Fiona loved the salad he brought her and liked the box it was on as well! Baby Wallaby Pocket and Baby Giraffe Theo took the time to examine Santa’s presents. “
(Fiona may not technically be a baby anymore, but she will always be the princess of the people.)
The zoo’s volunteer elves team helped Santa Claus create special gift boxes, houses, and stockings with edible treats (and recycled, animal-safe materials).
The last night to see Santa at the Cincinnati Zoo’s annual Festival of Lights is December 23rd.
The award-winning light show, which just took first place for the best 10 zoo lights in the US, will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but will reopen on December 26th. The daily terms run until January 3rd with special bonus nights on January 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17.
For more information, please visit cincinnatizoo.org.
| Photos by Provided by the Cincinnati Zoo | Lisa Hubbard