Archie following in dad’s footsteps!

Eleven-month-old Archie Brown could well be treading in his father’s footsteps after meeting DZG’s reindeer this week.

DZG-brown-xmas-webDad is Assistant Curator, Richard Brown, and he made sure his firstborn met animals on his section during a visit to Santa’s grotto in the castle.

Richard said:?“It was Archie’s first visit to see Santa, but I couldn’t let him come on site without showing him the reindeer in the courtyard.

“He really loved them and wasn’t a bit scared. I think he liked them more than Santa, and lots of the staff have joked he’s DZG’s next generation of keeper!”

Richard will be leaving Archie and wife, Sharon, at home on Christmas morning to help feed more than 1,400 animals across the zoo site.

He added:?“It’s business as usual regardless of the festive holiday. It’s the only day of the year Dudley Zoo closes to the public and it’s quite special as keepers get to spend time with their favourite species and take them treats.

“Archie’s still a bit young to understand what Christmas is all about, but I’ll make sure he sends along some extra carrots for the reindeer.”

CAPTION: In father’s footsteps:?Dudley Zoo Assistant Curator, Richard Brown, introduces 11-month-old son Archie to reindeer during a visit to Santa’s grotto.