On your marks…

DZG staff are busy limbering up for our Zoolympics today!

CAPTION: Keeper Sian-Leigh Simner, Conservation Officer Chris Leeson and Education Assistant Amy Hickman get he medals and sponges ready for today’s Zoolympics!

Keepers, office staff and our Customer Services team will be going head-to-head in our own Olympic games, zoo style in aid of World Land Trust’s Atlantic Forest appeal.

Come and watch in the castle courtyard as they compete in wheelbarrow races, straw bale stacking, tug of war and guess the animal poo games throughout the day and help us stick the losing section in the stocks, when visitors will be invited to buy a bucket of water and sponges and give them a good soaking!

Young visitors can also join in the fun with children’s animal-themed competitions, including gibbon dancing (hula hooping), flamingo falls (balancing on one leg), monkey madness (knock down the cuddly toy) and penguin waddle (egg and spoon race) for a small charge.

Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson, said: “It’s a fun way to raise funds for an important cause as the Atlantic Forest is home to many endangered plants and animals, but it’s being destroyed at a rapid rate.

“The World Land Trust hope to raise the money by the end of the 2016 games, when they’ll then purchase a piece of the forest and protect it for it’s inhabitants.

“If you’re visiting today then come and cheer us on or join in the fun yourselves!”