Birthday celebrations

We’re marking two milestone birthdays at DZG today.

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Senior Keeper, Neil Flockhart, prepares Kyra’s patriotic birthday enrichment

We’re sending Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II our very best wishes on the occasion of her 90th birthday, while our own regal resident – lioness Kyra, celebrates her tenth birthday too!

And to mark the historic royal event, big cat keepers decided to treat the Asiatic lion on her big day with some patriotic enrichment – a hessian sack full of used animal bedding and catnip, sporting the familiar red, white and blue of the union flag.

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DZG Media and Communications Officer, Rachel Hickman, said: “We’re proud to be marking this historic event in DZG’s own unique way.

“We hope the Queen has a very happy day – Kyra was certainly very taken with her birthday present, which she soon dragged to the other side of their one-acre paddock before Asha and Jetpur spotted it”.

And the Queen’s birthday celebrations will continue tonight when an official beacon is lit atop the 11th century Dudley Castle as part of a chain of light across the country.