Duo’s running commentary

Keep fit enthusiasts Sam Foxall and Ali Fellows are boosting their keen interest in animals with a daily workout at DZG.


Sam, 38, from Netherton, and Ali, 37, from Kingswinford, who work at Dudley Building Society, put on their walking shoes every weekday for a 30-minute power blast around the zoo scenic slopes.

Sam explained  “We started off by walking in local parks during our lunch break, but we didn’t feel 100 per cent safe.

“Then I bought a season ticket for myself and also one for Ali as a combined Christmas and birthday present, and we started to come to DZG every day.”

She added: “We like visiting the zoo because it’s nice and safe and secure, and we love to see the animals every day. We get to stretch our legs, and there’s always something different going on.

“We like to see the orang utans, especially baby Sprout and  the other day we saw a tiny newborn gibbon which was only five days old, with its mum.

“DZG is a great zoo. You can see the animals are happy and well cared for.

“The work carried out by the zoo with endangered species is so important, and when you see the Sumatrantiger and read how few of them there are in the wild, it makes you realise how important the role of zoos is in conservation.

“It’s also interesting to realise how important the zoo’s architecture is historically and to have a good look at the Tecton buildings.

“We like the fact that the staff working at DZG are very friendly and willing to talk about everything.

“Ali and I have been coming to the zoo every weekday since January- even in the snow, and we intend to keep it up all year round.”

DZG Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “It’s a great way to keep fit – some of the pathways are VERY  hilly – and support DZG’s conservation programmes with some of the rarest animals in the world.”

CAPTION: Walk this way: Sam Foxall (left) and Ali Fellows who powerwalk around DZG during their lunch breaks.