21st keeper day treat

DZG Presenter Heather John treated her sister, Beth, to a 21st birthday to remember – as she became a zoo keeper for the day!


Trainee primary school teacher, Beth travelled from Chester to join Heather and our keeping team, as they helped feed and care for some of the site’s rarest animals, including tigers, giraffes, lemurs and penguins.

Heather said: “I tagged along primarily as photographer as I’ve given Beth a photobook from our day, but she loves all sorts of animals and I knew the zoo’s keeper day would be perfect for her.

“She loved the chance to get so close to the animals and she absolutely adored Chico the tapir and even bought a cuddly tapir toy from the gift shop at the end of the day as a memento.”

Beth said: “It was a fantastic experience that I’ll never forget.”

And despite working here for the last year, Heather also had a first experience of meeting our beautiful Sumatran tigress, Daseep, face-to-face!

Heather added: “Despite giving daily talks at the tiger enclosure, I’ve never gone behind the scenes there before, so that was a very exciting moment for me.”

If you’re animal mad and would like to find out what it takes to be a zoo keeper, why not take a look at our day experiences by CLICKING HERE.