Rugby school friends Eve Plummer and Charlotte Sanders gave their day top marks when they became DZG Little Zoo Keepers.
The pair, from Clifton upon Dunsmore, were each treated to the experience by their respective parents as a present for their 10th birthdays.
During the day, Eve and Charlotte worked on the DZG farm and enjoyed looking after the Brazilian tapirs and feeding the Humboldt penguins.
Eve’s dad Dominic Plummer said: “Eve and Charlotte are really good friends and their birthdays fall so close together that we thought they would enjoy sharing the special day.
“They had a lovely time and they especially loved feeding the penguins.”
Charlotte’s dad Richard Sanders said: “Charlotte was very talkative about the whole experience as we came away and it was fantastic they could get so close to the animals.”