Lorikeets’ royal tea party

We’re marking this weekend’s royal street party celebrations in our own unique DZ way!

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As London’s The Mall gets transformed into Britain’s biggest street party for The Patron’s Lunch to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, with parties planned across the commonwealth, our Australian Rainbow Lorikeets are helping us send congratulations to Her Majesty. 

Keepers served the lorikeets their sweet nectar on a silver plated tea service, which dates back to the zoo’s opening almost 80 years ago.

Section Leader, Nicola Wright, pictured above, said: “We’ve been continuing to offer visitors nectar to feed our new arrivals at selected times each day throughout the week as the lorikeets continue settling into their new environment.

“But for this weekend’s feeds we thought the zoo’s tea service would be highly appropriate for such a patriotic occasion.

“When Dudley Zoo first opened in 1937 these tea services were used in the restaurants across the site, so it’s nice to be able to get them out again.”

And what better entertainment to coincide with an English tea party than traditional folk dancing!

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Visitors can watch 1st Sedgley Morris Men performing in Dudley Castle courtyard between 11am and 12pm today, in the shadows of the Union flag that we’ll be flying proudly atop the castle in honour of the official occasion. 

Media and Communications Officer, Rachel Hickman said: “We’ve welcomed the group on site many times over the years since they formed in 1979 and they even danced for the Queen’s visit to Dudley Castle in June 1994, so it seems quite apt to have them back again on another regal occasion!”