Birthday boy, Chico, welcomes toddlers!

web_chico_bdayWe’re wishing our Brazilian tapir, Chico, many happy returns today!

Our male tapir is marking his 14th birthday and as well as getting the occasional coconut treat from keepers throughout the day, he’ll also be spending it watching hundreds of toddlers passing his enclosure as they join in the annual Barnardo’s Big Toddle – the UK’s biggest charity fundraiser for under fives.

Dudley Zoo Marketing Manager, Andrea Hales, said: “We’re wishing all the participants a great toddle today – and also tomorrow!

“We’re pleased to support the work of Barnardo’s and we’re looking forward to two great days.

“If you’re taking part today then make sure you wave at the birthday boy as you pass the South American paddock as he’ll love watching you all!”

DZ Keeper Holly Clayton-Wright gets ready to greet toddlers, with birthday boy, Chico!