During Love Your Zoo Week we’re turning the spotlight on some of our most quirky creatures and blue and gold macaw, Charlie, certainly fits the bill.
Despite a constant stream of visitors to her Discovery Centre home, Charlie’s first love is music, and there’s always a nearby radio tuned in to a local station.
Head of Media and Communications, Jill HItchman, said: “Charlie enjoys pop, rock and classical music. If she doesn’t like what is on the radio, she will squawk the place down until it is changed to another station.”
Current favourites are local live radio stations, plus the occasional sports report. Previous passions included Classic FM and Radio Four’s Today programme, which prompted news anchorman John Humphrys to send her a signed photograph after learning of his feathered fan! Charlie was reared in a private collection and transferred to Dudley in 1996. She is is seen by thousands of visitors each year and has become a firm favourite with adopters and members. Jill added: “Macaws are sociable birds and at 23 Charlie is a mere youngster, as the species can live up to 80 years of age, so it’s really important to think carefully before choosing a parrot as a pet.”
Love Your Zoo Week encourages the public to visit their local BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) zoos, aquariums and wildlife centres to discover brilliant and exciting projects that are happening right now on their doorstep . . .