She said YES!

Our Brazilian tapir family helped charm an unsuspecting visitor into saying yes during a surprise marriage proposal!


Matthew Rose, from Birmingham, enlisted the help of DZG to create an unforgettable proposal for his girlfriend Jessica Draper with her favourite animal by her side.

While meeting Chico, Meena, Ronnie, Tallulah and little Eve during a Tickle a Tapir experience, Matthew got down on one knee and popped the question to a delighted Jessica.   Jessica said: “Without doubt tapirs are my favourite animal.   “Matthew gave me a card on Valentine’s Day with a tapir on, which said see you on March 1.   “I had no idea what he was planning, but it was the perfect proposal.   “It was an absolutely fantastic day, everyone we met were great and I’ve been recommending it to all my friends. I never realised you could get so close to tapirs and I didn’t think they would be so friendly.”  

Following a whirlwind engagement of just three weeks, the couple tied the knot last Saturday (March 23) at Birmingham Register Office, enjoying a fabulous white wedding in the snow!

Jessica said they are already making plans to return to DZG to see their new four-legged friends as soon as they can.   “We definitely want to come back in a few weeks’ time, but I think I will make Matthew bring me back each year to mark our anniversary,” added the new bride.   DZG Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “This is fantastic news! We introduced the proposal experience on Valentine’s Day and it’s proved a big success; within a few days we had several slots booked with couples’ various favourite species.”   She added: “We wish Jessica and Matthew all the very best for the future and can’t wait to see them on site soon.”  


Fancy using a little animal magic to pop the question to your loved one?  

Our special packages help you create a unique proposal, allowing you to get close to some of the world’s rarest species including Rothschild giraffes, Madagascan lemurs, Humboldt penguins, Asiatic lions and many, many more . . . Proposal packages start from £100 and include a bottle of bubbly and a bouquet of flowers.

For more details contact the Marketing Department on 0844 474 2272 or follow this link> to see proposal meet’n’greets available with your favourite species.