Flying in from Florida

Animal fans Nancy and Graham Pearson jetted in from Florida to spend the day as DZG Keepers.

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And the couple – who were in the region for a family wedding – were also kind enough to make a generous donation towards our conservation work.

Graham, originally from Stourbridge, booked the experience as a surprise for his wife Nancy.

His job in computing took him to a New York bank in 1980, where he met Nancy, and the couple moved to Florida 12 years ago where they live with their dog and five cats.

Nancy said: “Graham arranged the day for me as a surprise and it has been amazing.

“Feeding the penguins and giraffes, tickling the tapirs and getting so close to tigers and snow leopards was absolutely fabulous.

“It is so obvious the keepers here love their animals, it’s in their heart. We feel really lucky to have spent the day with them and the many wonderful creatures here.”

DONATING MAKES A REAL DIFFERENCE

Every donation to Dudley Zoological Gardens – home to some of the world’s biggest, rarest and most exotic animals – really counts.

Your donation helps support our vital conservation programmes as well as special animal treats, toys, bedding, health checks, food bills, heating and much more.

We get involved in a large number of field conservation projects, which help protect threatened animals and habitats. These projects range from breeding programmes here at Dudley Zoo, to conserving species in the wild – such as lemurs in Madagascar.

Here’s how your donation could make a difference:

£5 – will buy suncream for the tapirs

£10 – will feed a meerkat in mealworms for a week

£20 – will buy pallets to create a bug hotel

£100 – will buy climbing nets for the monkeys

You can donate by phone or by posting a cheque (made payable to Dudley Zoological Gardens) to Development Office, Dudley Zoo, Castle Hill, Dudley, DY1 4QF.

Any size of gift will help us to continue our conservation work – Thank you for your support!