Birthday gift flies in!

There’s a new bird on the block at DZG.

Apollo, a three-month-old peregrine falcon, was a special gift to Birds Section Leader, Kellie Piper from her parents to celebrate her upcoming 30th birthday.

Kellie said: “My birthday is actually next month, but Apollo is the perfect age to start training. He’s a stunning bird and is training really well so I’m very excited about what he is going to offer.”

Apollo will accompany Kellie to work every day, where she will train him to appear in our daily Birds of Prey displays and has already begun training using a lure and kite technique to encourage the bird to soar high into the sky as part of the programme.

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Flying high for her 30th! Kellie with her special birthday present, a peregrine falcon she has named Apollo.