Enrichment awareness

Sumatran tigers, Daseep and Joao, enjoyed some special enrichment as they helped mark International PKU Day.


PKU, or Phenylketonuria, is a rare inherited metabolic disorder where people can’t break down protein and is a condition our Senior Keeper Kirsty Thornton was diagnosed with as a baby following the routine heel-prick screening.
To help mark the awareness day we welcomed members of national support group NSPKU to DZG, where Kirsty helped them turn their cardboard dietary supplement boxes into enrichment toys for our tigers by dousing them in perfumes, herbs and spices, before they joined our big cat keepers to throw them into the tiger enclosure.
Kirsty, who stays healthy by maintaining a very low protein diet said: “It was a great day and it was lovely to catch up with other people in the similar situation.”