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Australian Reptile Park celebrate Christmas with baby animals

The baby zoo animals that stole Australia’s hearts in 2021: Adorable pictures of some of the country’s most famous animals ‘enjoying their first Christmas’

  • Baby animals at  Australian Reptile Park are celebrating their first ever Christmas
  • The animals ate festive food, snuggled in Santa sacks, and opened their presents
  • Their festive fun can be seen in several photos and a video published Thursday


Adorbale baby animals at Australian Reptile Park on the NSW Central Coast are spreading the festive cheer.

The little creatures celebrated their first ever Christmas this week and have shared the festivities in a video and photos published on Thursday.

In the footage the animals can be seen gobbling down festive food, snuggling up in Santa sacks, and opening their presents.

Rupert the koala joey was one of the animals at Australian Reptile Park to spread the holiday cheer on his first ever Christmas

Linguini the baby ringtail possum was loving the limelight during his Christmas photoshoot

Linguini the baby ringtail possum was loving the limelight during his Christmas photoshoot

Head keeper at the Australian Reptile Park said both the animals and keepers love spreading the holiday fun.

‘We love getting into the Christmas spirit here and so do our animals.’ 

Rupert the koala joey, Poppy the wombat joey, Linguini the baby ringtail possum, and Stanley the Tasmanian devil joey were a few of the little animals celebrating.

Poppy the wombat joey had a big smile on her face as she bundled up in her Santa stocking

Poppy the wombat joey had a big smile on her face as she bundled up in her Santa stocking

Stanley the Tasmanian devil joey got to open his presents and jump inside during his first ever Christmas photoshoot

Stanley the Tasmanian devil joey got to open his presents and jump inside during his first ever Christmas photoshoot

This little kangaroo joey is excited to join the festive celebrations and chowed down on some tasty carrots

This little kangaroo joey is excited to join the festive celebrations and chowed down on some tasty carrots

However, the animals Australian Reptile Park weren’t the only ones getting merry.

Fishy smelling ice, sugar ants and an array of foliage are far from traditional Christmas gifts.

But they’re exactly what the residents of Sydney’s Taronga Zoo wanted.

This little monkey at Sydney Taronga Zoo was getting into the holiday spirit with his festive-themed food

This little monkey at Sydney Taronga Zoo was getting into the holiday spirit with his festive-themed food

Bilby was excited to join animals that enjoyed a wide range of their favourite Christmas food

Bilby was excited to join animals that enjoyed a wide range of their favourite Christmas food

The giraffes wasted no time ripping into a hand-made wreath crafted by keepers from their favourite foods - such as African Olive leaf and apples that replicated Christmas baubles

The giraffes wasted no time ripping into a hand-made wreath crafted by keepers from their favourite foods – such as African Olive leaf and apples that replicated Christmas baubles 

Christmas came early this week for the zoo’s giraffes, lion pride, red-necked pademelons, quokkas and echidnas, who all enjoyed a festive treat.

Lions Ato and Maya and their five, four-month-old cubs saw ‘snow’ for the first time, thanks to a tonne of fishy-smelling ice donated by the Sydney Fish Markets.

Meanwhile, the giraffes wasted no time ripping into a handmade wreath crafted by keepers from their favourite foods – such as African Olive leaf and apples that replicated Christmas baubles.

Elephants enjoyed munching on a Christmas tree decorated with their favourite food as a holidays treat

Elephants enjoyed munching on a Christmas tree decorated with their favourite food as a holidays treat

Animals found their Christmas meals engaging and were quick to jump in on the holiday fun

Animals found their Christmas meals engaging and were quick to jump in on the holiday fun

Resident echidnas Pitpa, Leroy and Fin quickly tucked into the sugar ants peppering their wreaths, but the quokkas and red-necked pademelons took a bit more encouragement to get into the Christmas spirit. 

The festive-fun is part of the zoo’s daily efforts to keep the animals stimulated and engaged with the world around them.

Keepers said the activities are designed to maintain their foraging skills, now with a Christmas twist.

The festive-foraging has become somewhat of a tradition at Sydney Taronga Zoo as keepers annually make Christmas-themed games and food for the animals.

The festive-fun is part of the zoo's daily efforts to keep the animals stimulated and engaged with the world around them

The festive-fun is part of the zoo’s daily efforts to keep the animals stimulated and engaged with the world around them

Keepers said the activities are designed to maintain the animal's foraging skills, now with a Christmas twist

Keepers said the activities are designed to maintain the animal’s foraging skills, now with a Christmas twist

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