Joao’s all smiles!

Joao’s smiling from ear to ear because he’s heard some grrr-eat news!

We had hoped to raise £350 through an online crowdfunder to buy a huge enrichment ball for our big cats and we were overwhelmed by the generosity of the 22 people who donated to our appeal.

We were so close to hitting our target, but fell short by just £60.

However, zoo bosses have agreed to add the remainder and the ball’s now on order!

Acting Team Leader Sam Grove said: “We’re really thrilled we were able to purchase this ball for our Sumatran tigers and Asiatic lions as we know they will all love it.

“Thank you to everyone who helped us raise the money and we hope those donors will be as delighted as we are when our big cats are benefitting from it.”

And we’ll have cameras poised to capture our cats’ reaction when it arrives, so keep your eyes peeled for updates!

Thanks to Georgie Willetts for the fab pic!