DZG’s outreach team is gearing up to hit the road and we’re getting our critters ready for the journey.
Outreach Co-ordinator Madeleine Avila-Thomas, pictured with Californian king snake Cortez, is working with a selection of off-show creatures in our Discovery Centre to get them used to being held and touched by members of the public when they are taken out of the zoo.
Madeleine said: “We’re spending time handling some of our more recent arrivals, including bearded dragon Blackadder, Rankin’s dragons Tristan and Daenerys and king snake Cortez, so they will be ready to meet plenty of people throughout the year.
“Our newest bearded dragon Blackadder is now quite comfortable with being touched and is getting so relaxed that he’s even started closing his eyes when being stroked.”
The first outreach of 2019 takes place at Wolverhampton’s Mander Shopping Centre next month when Madeleine and the team will be outside clothing store H&M on February 16, 18 and 23 between 9am and 5.30pm.
They will take along a selection of cuddly animals and creepy crawlies as well as biofacts and be offering face painting. The team is also heading to Great Barr library for a pre-booked event during the half term week.