Hi Geoffrey!

It was a tall order when staff from a closing toy store delivered a giant giraffe mascot to his new home at Dudley Zoo.

Staff from the Merry Hill branch of Toys R Us had asked us if we could accommodate Geoffrey the Giraffe as their store was shutting. Sadly all 100 Toys R Us UK stores are closing after administrators failed to find a buyer.

Employees Ami Postin, Ann Clarke and Melissa Harris, who dressed as Geoffrey, came on site to bring the costume and took Geoffrey to the Giraffe House meet our long-legged family.

Geoffrey was also greeted by some of our keepers who gave him a warm welcome and promised to look after him.

Marketing Assistant Louise Curtis said: “It was very kind of the staff from Toys R Us in Merry Hill to think about us and we’ll use the mascot for some of our outreach sessions and on-site events.”

Ami said: “We are just glad Geoffrey is going to a good home and it was fun taking him to meet the zoo’s three giraffes. We wanted to make sure he would feel at home before we left him.”

Geoffrey will now join our other mascots Jambi the Tiger, Monty the Monkey, Bertie Bunny, Lou the Bat and a new girlfriend for him – Gracie the Giraffe.

Welcome Geoffrey!