DZG staff will join the nation in observing two minutes silence across the 40-acre site on Remembrance Sunday (November 10).
CEO Peter Suddock said: “When World War II broke out in 1939 Dudley Zoo had been open to the public for just over two years and many male members of staff were called up to join the conflict. “Every year since the war ended all our employees, including keepers, gardeners, maintenance, catering and admin staff always mark the occasion out of respect for our servicemen and women.” He added: “We are proud to support the unstinting work of the Royal British Legion and wear our poppies with pride.” Mr Suddock will lay a wreath on behalf of DZG at the town’s cenotaph, in Ednam Road, following the annual civic Remembrance Day service and parade.
Royal British Legion Director of Fundraising, Charles Byrne, said: “We support the entire Armed Forces community past and present, but families are at the heart of the Poppy Appeal 2013.
“We recognise the strength of mothers, fathers, partners and kids in Armed Forces families, who serve alongside their loved ones every single day, and often need practical care and advice too.
“We’re encouraging people to dig deep for the Poppy Appeal, so we can continue providing this vital support to individuals whether they’re still serving, transitioning back to civilian life or have left the Services, but importantly, to their dependents too.”
Senior Keeper, Sophie Dugmore, gets a little extra help with her giant poppy from cheeky small primates in Lemur Wood!