Radio team adopt lioness

Members of Dudley and District Amateur Radio Society adopted Asiatic lioness, Kyra after falling in love with our feisty big cat during a weekend on-site transmission.

The team operated for 36 continual hours from DZG as part of an international Zoos On The Air campaign to raise awareness of wildlife conservation.   dd_am_radio_0   Throughout their transmission time Alan Hall, Alan Hudson and Keith Winwood – pictured above – were in contact with fellow enthusiasts in Australia, Indonesia and Russia.   Keith said: “It was an amazing time and we couldn’t believe the number of people we were in touch with across the world who knew all about Dudley Zoo.    “We had a great weekend and it was so successful that we are hoping to make it an annual event.”   He added: “We wanted to say thank you to DZG?for allowing us to operate from the site and chose to adopt a lioness as we loved watching the big cats in their paddock during our time at the zoo.   “We were really interested to learn about enrichment and breeding programmes with this endangered species and hope our contribution will help boost funds for future conservation.”   DZG CEO, Peter Suddock said: “We are very grateful for their adoption and look forward to seeing the team on site next season.   “It was really interesting listening to the members chatting to fellow amateurs in far-flung places, particularly as many of the countries they were in contact with are the lands of origin for animals within our collection.”