Romy’s first adopter!

Recently arrived giant anteater Romy, has her first adopter and it’s none other than our longest visiting supporter, Muriel Thatcher.


The animal-crazy 90 year-old, who has been regularly visiting DZG since its opening day in 1937, has adopted many of the site’s collection over the last 79 years, but is Romy’s first one!

p1010361Muriel said: “I know Romy can be difficult to see and I’d never even seen her when I decided to adopt her, but I’d heard about her from keepers and thought she may not get a lot of adopters if people can’t see her.”

The nonagenarian received her adoption pack through the post and was thrilled to see the one-year anteater for the first time from the pack’s glossy photograph.

And the pensioner couldn’t believe her luck when on her next zoo trip she actually saw Romy for herself.

Muriel, from Wednesfield, said: “She came right up to the edge of the fence and she’s such a gorgeous thing.”

Find out more about DZG animal adoptions by CLICKING HERE.

All adoption packages help support the continuing work of the zoo with generated funds purchasing animal bedding, toys, treats as well as funding food bills, heating and health checks – they also make ideal Christmas presents!