Cheering on Chloe

We’ll be cheering on DZC Trainee Keeper, Chloe Riley, who’s set to pound 13.1 miles of the zoo’s pathways in aid of our Covid-19 animal care fund.

The 21-year-old, who is based on the farm section, will be swapping her keeper uniform for a lemur onesie and running shoes as she takes part in a half marathon challenge around the zoo’s hilly 40-acre site on Tuesday.

Chloe said: “Being a keeper I get to see the impact that Covid-19 has had at the zoo, so I wanted to do something to help as I couldn’t stand by and watch the place I love struggle.

“I wanted to do a half marathon, as I’ve never run this far before, but I wanted to do something that would be a challenge and would be worth donations and those who know the zoo know it isn’t the flattest place, so it certainly won’t be easy.”

Chloe will be running around the site’s current one-way system on her scheduled day off and anticipates it will take her between 10 – 15 laps to achieve the distance.

Zoo Director Derek Grove, said: “We’re so grateful for everyone’s support during this unprecedented time for the zoo.

“We’re very lucky to have such devoted staff at DZC, who are always keen to go the extra mile for their animals and Chloe is no exception with this adventurous fundraiser.

“We wish her the best of luck and will be cheering her on along the way.”

If you’d like to donate towards Chloe’s fundraiser, CLICK HERE