Peoria Zoo, Ameren Illinois announce partnership to feed zoo animals

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Peoria Zoo and Ameren Illinois have teamed up together to launch a new program to provide several species a new source of healthy and natural food. 

The new program will bring excess tree and shrub trimmings, or browse, from in and around Peoria County to the zoo in the form of hearty snacks for the animals.

Ameren Illinois employed Wright Tree Service to regularly cut branches in ways that have either encroached or are growing too close to overhead transmission and distribution power lines and other critical infrastructure. While this browse is generally recycled or turned into mulch, it is a favorite of several species that make their home at Peoria Zoo.

The zoo will hold an event at 10:15 a.m. Monday at the Giraffe Exhibit that will include a brief overview of the initiative, remarks and a browse feeding demonstration.

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