The chance to become a DZG zoo keeper for the day was the best birthday present ever for animal-mad Cara Smith, from Oxfordshire.
Cara was treated to the unique experience by her dad’s partner for her 21st birthday and travelled from Bloxham to take part.
Cara said: “Being a zoo keeper for the day has been one of the best days I have ever experienced. I loved feeding all the animals and learning about them.
“My favourite animals are big cats, so undoubtedly feeding the lions and tigers was the best part of my day.
“Other favourites were the giraffes, penguins and lemurs.
“It was the best gift I have ever received!”
A Be a Zoo Keeper experience offers participants the chance to go behind the scenes and shadow DZG staff and find out what it really takes to work in one of the country’s busiest zoos.
Adult participants work on all sections of the zoo and help care for primates, big cats, ungulates and birds, while younger visitors (8 13 year olds) meet animals such as the tapirs and penguins and help to feed, clean and care for the animals on the farm.
For more information about the Be a Zoo Keeper packages available CLICK HERE.