A massive thanks to staff at Oak Furniture Land, in Merry Hill, for their generosity in donating an incredible tiger cake made by talented designer Annabel de Vetten, for Cakebomb.
The giant confectionery creation offered up to more than 100 slices for lucky visitors who joined our special Easter Teatime with the Tigers yesterday afternoon! The morning started with CEO Peter Suddock receiving the cake from staff at the newly-opened Oak Furniture Land, then joining Annabel in transporting the fabulous feline to the zoo. Modelled on a photograph of our gorgeous Sumatran tigress, Daseep, the cake took two people to carry it to the Tecton enclosure for the tea party above with Annabel and Assistant Curator, Richard Brown. DZG Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “We’d looked at Cakebomb’s work on their website and had heard about some of their projects, but nothing prepared us for the actual cake, it was simply stunning.
“The photographs really don’t do it justice; Annabel’s work is just amazing.
“It was a 3-D true likeness of Daseep, and it was a shame to slice it up, but we had lots of hungry visitors and it was certainly much appreciated by everyone yesterday afternoon.” She added: “We’d like to say a very big thank you to Oak Furniture Land for their generosity; it was a most kind gesture. “They have also become adopters of Daseep, so will be able to keep up to date with all the latest news at DZG and have a chance to visit her later in the year.” Annabel had her opportunity to meet the three-year-old tigress yesterday afternoon when keepers took her to the big cat’s off-show area for an impromptu meet and greet.