Reel kind!

It was reel kind of West Midlands Fire Service to donate old reels of fire hose and hosepipes to DZG.

Glen Neighbour, from Dudley fire station, and Dave Neat, stores manager from West Midlands Fire Service HQ in Birmingham, generously handed over the spare supplies which will be used with our animals.

The donation included 40 coils of fire hose, a new stand pipe and 15 hosepipes with couplings on.

Curator Richard Brown said: “The hosepipes will be used to clean out the sea lion pool which is a massive help to us. We are very grateful indeed.

“The fire hose will be transformed into hammocks and climbing nets for our primates as part of our regular enrichment activities.”

West Midlands firefighters offered to give us their old hoses after coming on site for our first ever Dream Night in June.

Zoo staff, caterers, entertainers and emergency services gave up their own time to take part in the exclusive evening for chronically ill and disabled youngsters.

Very many thanks!