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If you're spring cleaning, the zoo will take tree branches

Posted at 5:14 PM, May 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-21 18:14:38-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — If you're spring cleaning your yard and you live in Omaha or Council Bluffs, you can drop off tree branches at the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium.

The zoo says they make tasty treats for the animals, especially the new residents: the takin and goral.

Other animals like the elephants, gorillas and pygmy hippos enjoy eating trees in their natural diet.

Some of the tree species the zoo can accept include elm, hackberry, mulberry, birch, honey locust, linden and willows.

The zoo cannot take branches from trees that were treated with pesticides or are from dead, dying or diseased trees.

Tree species that are not safe for the animals and won't be accepted include oak, black locust, red maple (or any red maple hybrid) and tree of heaven.

If you have any questions about the tree species, you may contact the zoo's Browse Department at 402-738-6947 or