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Sacramento zoo seeks yard waste to feed animals

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 25, 2014 at 12:02 pm •  Published: June 25, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's Sacramento Zoo is urging homeowners to think of their tree trimmings and other yard waste as a potential meal for its animals.

Zoo officials have been placing door hangers in some neighborhoods asking for donations of clippings from trees and shrubs that various animals, including giraffes and zebras, find tasty, the Sacramento Bee reported on Tuesday ( ). Officials want to supplement the trimmings from trees on zoo property.

"We hope that it will take off so that donations can provide what we need instead of cutting on zoo property," said Melissa McCartney, primary keeper of ungulate stock at the Sacramento Zoo. "The tree trimmings we need to provide the animals are more than what we can get."

McCartney said branches are better for the animals than food pellets because they also give them something to do.

The sitatunga, a marsh dweller from central Africa, for example, plays with his food.

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