£450 for tapirs!

Our Brazilian tapirs, Meena and Chico, had a fab bank holiday weekend as they helped raise £450 for World Land Trust, awareness for their endangered species and had lots of tickles from a few lucky zoo visitors!

As part of our World Tapir Day celebrations we held a daily raffle to win a close encounter with our loveable duo and raise funds for World Land Trust, which proved so popular we extended it to Monday too!

And the winners, who got the chance to cuddle up to the 14 year-old tapirs, were…

Callum Helm and Tim McNulty from Nottingham on Saturday

Claire Donnelly and Evie Barnes from Birmingham on Sunday

Ross Trappett, Andrew Duddy, Olivia Trappett, Maisie Trappett, Liam Duddy and Kyla Duddy from Great Barr on Monday.

To boost funds further for World Land Trust, which is working to purchase acres of tropical forest and create nature reserves to protect threatened habitats and wildlife, including tapirs, keepers also held a guess the name of the tapir cuddly.

His name was ‘Umberto’ and was correctly guessed by Rachel from St Albans in Hertfordshire.

Assistant Curator Jay Haywood, said: “Thank you to everyone who donated to our appeal and asked questions about the species.

“Through your generosity we raised £139.95, plus we’ve added Monday’s sales of nectar in Lorikeet Lookout to the cause, bring the total to £450, which is a fantastic amount to send to World Land Trust.”