Amsterdam Christmas tree to become toy for Artis elephants

Elephant at Artis zoo in Amsterdam
Elephant at Artis zoo in AmsterdamPhoto: Artis / Facebook

The 21-meter-high Christmas tree currently standing on Amsterdam's Dam Square will be donated to the animals of Artis Zoo after it is taken down on January 8th. The largest piece, 6 meters of trunk including branches, will go to the elephants as a toy, reports.

The rest of the Nordmann fir will go to other animals in the zoo, including giraffes, kudus and camels. "For the animals such a tree is behavioral enrichment", a spokesperson for Artis said. "You keep the animals active and healthy by challenging them to show their natural behavior."

Two years ago the Dam Square Christmas tree was turned into a perfume called DEN.