Animal crazy Staffordshire girls, Lucy Allen and Jess Jones, turned Little Zoo Keepers for the day when they joined staff at DZG.
Lucy and Jess, both aged 12, of Cannock, were treated to the special day for Lucy’s twelth birthday.
Lucy said: “We loved every minute of it but the best part of the day included feeding and getting close to the tapirs and also feeding the giraffes.”
Lucy added: “I’ve had the best birthday ever!”
DZG Chief Executive, Peter Suddock, said: “Lucy and Jess had a brilliant day. We introduced the Keeper for a Day for adults a few years ago and then brought in the Little Zoo Keeper days for children.
“Both experiences have proved so successful that we are fully booked for months ahead with requests from all over the country.”
Little Zoo Keepers discover what goes on behind the scenes at DZG, one of the country’s top zoos.
They help staff with their daily duties including feeding, cleaning and caring for the collection many of which are endangered species.
Later, there’s a chance to catch up with the action in Lemur Wood and Wallaby Walkthrough before finding out more about DZG’s larger animals, including tapirs and giraffes. Other sections include penguins, reptiles and working on the farm.
Mr Suddock added: “Not only is it a unique day to remember, working alongside some of the rarest animals in the world, but funds raised through the scheme support exciting conservation and animal projects at DZG.
“It also offers a brilliant photo opportunity for the family album and makes a great gift for all occasions!”
CAPTION: Lucy Allen & Jess Jones are Little Zoo Keepers for a day at DZG.
Joe joins Zoo Crew
Joe Haydon, of Bettws, cleaned Brazilian tapirs and fed rare Rothschild giraffes for his eighth birthday Little Zoo Keeper treat.
He said: “I loved it, it was great and I wish I could do it all over again.”
CAPTION: Joe Haydon enjoys his Little Zoo Keeper for a day experience at DZG.