|Santa outside the brand new gorilla home
Every year, Santa listens to the wishes of the children who come to visit him at the Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo. Then one day, just before Christmas, he visits some of the animals of the zoo to bring them some special enrichment. This year he brought his animal surprises on Friday morning, December 22.
|Santa brought sweet surprises in a plastic container wrapped in a jute bag
|Carrots make a nice wreath decoration at the new gorilla enclosure
|The cougars are excited by the paper mache toys
|Rubbing and rubbing
|Keeper takes a photo
|The cougars got two paper mache candy canes from Santa
|The red stripes are rubbing off
|Santa watches the cougars rip apart their paper toys
|The snow leopards got paper mache stockings
|Too pretty to rip up?
|Local TV stations sent cameras to cover Santa's special visit
|The kids loved it
|The Komodo Dragon was given a wrapped up snack
|Almost open. There were pieces of meat inside.
|Santa watches the Komodo Dragon open his gift
Santa promised to return Christmas Eve with presents for all the animals.
|Santa promised to return on Christmas Eve with presents for everyone, including little Kendi, the baby Black Rhino.
|Anana keeps her distance from Little One
|Little One dreams of a White Christmas
|No, not Christmas dinner. The meercats keep warm in a bowl
|Bibi and Fiona have already gotten gifts, and no doubt will get more from Santa on Christmas Eve.