Goodbye, Ronnie!

We’ve waved goodbye to Ronnie the Brazilian tapir, who’s headed up north to Scotland.

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The six year-old left DZG earlier this week to join the collection at Five Sisters Zoo in West Lothian.

Section Leader, Jay Haywood, said: “Ronnie was quite a character and was popular with staff and keeper for a day visitors, as he did like his daily fuss, but we’re sure he’ll enjoy his new adventures in Scotland.”

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Because of the layout of the tapir paddock keepers had to entice Ronnie through the section kitchen, luring him with his favourite slice of bread treat into the wooden travel crate, which was pushed up against the kitchen door, before a team of keepers lifted the crate into the van bound for the Scottish hills. 

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Curator Richard Brown waves off Ronnie on his Scottish travels

Ronnie’s departure also means there’s now just parents Meena and Chico left at DZG after the pair have seen all of their offspring leave for new animal collections across the UK. 

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Goodbye, Ronnie – enjoy your new home!