British Food Fortnight Fun

A?new arrival prompted primate keepers to pile up the fruit and veg baskets to mark British Food Fortnight (Sept 17 to Oct 2).

DZG-fruit-2-webNineteen-year-old Bornean orang utan, Jazz, gave birth to Sprout at the end of March, and staff have made sure she has all the nutrients necessary for a first-time nursing mum.

And as DZG Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, explained, most of that food supply is found on the doorstep.

She said: “We always buy food locally, so that means we get our soft fruits from Worcestershire, cereals from Staffordshire and root vegetables from Shropshire, just as we have been doing since the zoo opened to the public in 1937.

“Throughout her pregnancy and the early weeks of motherhood, Jazz has had an enormous appetite, so it’s important we keep supplies well stocked as she needs that food and energy to feed the baby, and staff have been adding to the daily shopping list to make sure we have extra snacks.”

CAPTION: Beautiful British Food: Keeper David Zebedee with some of the favourite fruit and vegetables for first-time mum, Bornean orang utan Jazz and six-month-old baby Sprout at Dudley Zoological Gardens.

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Jazz enjoys the home-grown goodies in her special lunch box.