Rekindling childhood memories

A zoo keeping experience at DZG rekindled fond childhood memories for Derbyshire animal lover, Jackie Titheridge who was treated to the unique gift by her family for her 60th birthday.

jackietitheridge_0Jackie said: “It was all so amazing and from the moment my day started I was made to feel very special.

“I last came to the zoo when I was ten years-old, when my dad used to bring me and my sister from Derby on the train, so I vaguely remembered the layout from when I was a girl and it was fantastic to remember previous visits as I went round.”

During her day, Jackie shadowed DZG staff, helping prepare food and meet many of the animal collection, including ungulates, primates and birds.

Jackie added: “I loved meeting the apes and small primates and was surprised by the giraffes, I also enjoyed meeting the snow leopards, especially the baby.

“But my favourite experience would probably be the penguins. I remember my dad loved the penguins at the zoo, so getting the chance to handfeed them, while remembering him, was quite a special moment for me.

“The whole day itself far exceeded my expectations, from the friendly staff, to the vast knowledge of information I was given about all the animals I met. I’m so glad I was able to experience the day at DZG.”