Laura’s tapir treats

Senior Keeper Laura Robbins couldn’t resist sneaking a quick festive hug when she played Santa to our five Brazilian tapirs.

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Laura said: “They are my favourite animals and I’m so lucky to be working on their section, they are truly adorable.   “I try not to spoil them but it’s hard when there are Christmas treats on site not to grab a few extra titbits for them.”  

Fancy being a keeper for a day at Dudley Zoological Gardens? It’s the perfect Christmas present for animal lovers of all ages.

Take a glimpse behind the scenes at one of the country’s busiest zoos and shadow keepers as they feed and care for some of the rarest species in the world. 

We also offer a Little Zoo Keeper experience for eight-to-13-year-olds.

For further details on Adult or Little Zoo Keeper experiences follow this link>