Festive surprise from pupils

We’ve received a fantastic Christmas present from students at a Sandwell school!

DZG-lemur-xmas-2-webPupils from Ocker Hill Junior School, in Tipton, raised  £1,479.60 to boost our Madagascan Campaign supporting lemurs in the wild.

The funds were raised through sponsorship by 234 students who took part in Zoolympics organised by DZG outreach staff at Tipton Sports Academy in the summer.

The event, which marked Science Week at the school, was the culmination of a four-day programme which saw every pupil attend workshops and Creature Features at the zoo’s Castle Hill site.

The school’s chosen theme was Conservation of Endangered Species and zoo staff laid on a series of educational workshops in preparation for the games.

DZG?Presenter Becky Iwahashi also took along a black-and-white ruffed lemur to morning assembly and talked about the conservation of this endangered species which the zoo supports in its native Madagascar.

Deputy Head, Mark Goodwin, said pupils had wanted to gain a better understanding of the animal kingdom and to do something to make a difference by raising money for conservation work.

He said: “It was a very successful event thanks to zoo staff, and as a result a number of the pupils have been very inspired and really want to work towards a career with animals.

“The total of £1,479.60 raised through sponsorship is being split between DZG and the Madagascan wildlife project which the zoo supports.”

DZG Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said:?”This is an incredible amount of cash and we would like to say a massive thank you to all pupils who took part.

“We hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and come along to see us again in the New Year!”

CAPTION: Keeper Neil Flockhart gives black and white ruffed lemurs a surprise Christmas gift from students at Ocker Hill Primary School.