Staff are working hard to cope with Christmas requests from animal-mad adopters across the country.
Marketing Manager, Julia Lockett, said dozens of daily inquiries about sponsor / adopter packages were coming in with penguins and meerkats top of the festive adoption list. Julia said: “We have had all sorts of requests to adopt endangered species and last week saw a lot of adoptions for Sprout, our baby orang utan, but out in front right now are penguins and meerkats.” Feathered and furry favourites are eight-year-old Humboldt penguin, Lucky, and Neville, a three-and-a-half-year-old meerkat. Adoption packs, which start at £25 include a certificate and detailed fact sheet, a personalised animal photo, a gift card and Zoo admission ticket. Newborn penguins and meerkats are among the species featured in our Baby Love 2012 calendar which highlights recent births among the site’s exotic species. The £5 calendar is available from the Zoo’s Safari Gift Shop and proceeds from sales will go towards supporting lemurs in the wild in Madagascar. Animal addicts are also snapping up Keeper for a Day and Little Zoo Keeper packages which offer the chance to shadow a keeper around the site, helping to clean and feed a range of wild and exotic species, many of them highly endangered. Julia added: “The days make wonderful gifts for all occasion. It’s a fantastic experience and a great hands-on chance to help conservation of some of the world’s rarest animals.” Final posting day for adoptions and Keeper Packages is Wednesday, December 21, with Thursday, December 22 as the last date for picking up purchases from the Zoo’s Safari Gift Shop. And don’t forget for young visitors Magical Winter Wonderland at DZG runs until Christmas Eve with a chance to see Santa in his 11th century castle grotto and meet live reindeer in the courtyard. For more details check out Adopt an animal in the left hand column on this page or call 01384 215313. CAPTION: Keeper Lesley Lewis with DZG’s Baby Love 2012 calendar featuring exotic species newborns – including six-month-old capybara Pecan, pictured with mum, Peanut. The £5 calendar is available from the Zoo’s Safari Git Shop and proceeds from sales will go towards supporting animals in the wild in Madagascar.