City of Joburg

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

Johannesburg Zoo


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Planning to prune trees on your property? You can turn your garden chore into an act of kindness by donating the off-cuts to Joburg Zoo's herbivores.

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The Zoo's giraffes are standing by to recycle your leaves!

Joburg Zoo residents such the giraffe, eland, bongo, nyala and elephant would be delighted to nibble on these juicy treats - adding variety to their usual diets.

Many of the Zoo's animals enjoy leafy snacks throughout the year, and the Zoo's keepers often struggle to provide them with enough "browse".

Species the Zoo can use include:

  • Any Acacia/Thorn tree (Acacia species)
  • Bamboo (Phyllostachys species)
  • Banana (Musa species)
  • Cape Honeysuckle (Tecomaria capensis)
  • Elm (Ulmus parvifolia)
  • Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia)
  • Karee (Rhus species)
  • Oak (Quercus species)
  • Plane (Platanus species)
  • Stinkwood (Celtis species)
  • Tipuana (Tipuana tipu)
  • Wild olive (Olea europaea Africana)

Toxic tree species the Zoo is unable to use include:

  • Common ivy (Hedera helix)
  • False Acacia (Robinia pseudoacacia)
  • Oleander (Nerium oleander)
  • Philodendron (Araceae species)
  • Privet (Ligustrum species)
  • Red Maple (Acer rubrum)
  • Yew (Taxus baccata)

Please note that your off-cuts would have to be delivered to the Zoo within 24 hours of pruning, after which they can wilt and become toxic.

If you let us know when you're planning to prune, we may be able to arrange to collect your off-cuts within the 24-hour period.

For more information, contact the Zoo's Dietary Specialist, Patrick Sereo, on 082 573 7229 (office hours only). If you do not get hold of the officer, please leave a message with reception (011 646 2000) so that they can arrange for your call to be returned.