Memorable close encounter

A mother and daughter who travelled from West Sussex and Yorkshire to become DZG keepers for the day were thrilled at how close they got to the world’s rarest animals!

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Rachel South and daughter, Toni joined staff as they went about their daily keeping duties.

Toni, aged 25, from Leeds, said: “I chose Dudley Zoo because what we really wanted to do was get close to the animals, which is exactly what we got.

“It was a really personal experience and all the keepers were friendly and really helpful and really knew their animals and facts.”

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During their day, Toni and Rachel met Rothschild’s giraffes, Snow leopards, Sumatran tigers, Brazilian tapirs and capybaras, chimpanzees and Madagascan lemurs.

Toni added: “My favourite part was getting up close with the big cats and getting to feed them – especially the baby snow leopard.

Toni’s mum, Rachel, aged 43, from Bognor Regis, added: “We had an absolutely amazing day and my highlights were meeting the chimps and orangs and tickling the tiger, also flying a Harris hawk and hugging a tapir!”

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Rachel South and daughter, Toni joined staff as they went about their daily keeping duties.

Toni, aged 25, from Leeds, said: “I chose Dudley Zoo because what we really wanted to do was get close to the animals, which is exactly what we got.

“It was a really personal experience and all the keepers were friendly and really helpful and really knew their animals and facts.”

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During their day, Toni and Rachel met Rothschild’s giraffes, Snow leopards, Sumatran tigers, Brazilian tapirs and capybaras, chimpanzees and Madagascan lemurs.

Toni added: “My favourite part was getting up close with the big cats and getting to feed them – especially the baby snow leopard.

Toni’s mum, Rachel, aged 43, from Bognor Regis, added: “We had an absolutely amazing day and my highlights were meeting the chimps and orangs and tickling the tiger, also flying a Harris hawk and hugging a tapir!”