Sofa so good for Itar

A snapshot of DZG’s former Asiatic male lion has proved to be a roaring success for a teenage Dudley photographer.


Dudley College photographic student, Emily Gallie, was crowned the winner of ‘View from a Sofa’ competition run by sofa retailer DFS, with her photo of Itar.

Following the opening of the new store at Merry Hill earlier in the year, budding photographers were challenged to take a picture representing DZG after it was voted by shoppers as the town’s most loved sight.

Emily, aged 17, from Sedgley, captured Itar just days before he relocated to Portugal as part of an international breeding programme and was delighted to find her entry judged as the winner.

Itar’s portrait is now proudly displayed in the DFS store as a lasting legacy for all to see!

DZG Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “We were delighted to hear Emily had won the DFS photography competition with a photo of Itar.

“I am sure everyone will agree the photograph is stunning and would look great hanging above the sofa on anyone’s wall.

“The win is also a double success for Emily as she was chosen as one of 11 winners of DZG’s own photographic project recently run in conjunction with Dudley College.”

Emily was part of a group of 40 talented photographic and graphic design students from the Evolve campus who took part in a pioneering six-month partnership, which saw them create posters of their favourite endangered species to illustratethe zoo’s worldwide conservation work.

All of the pupils’ work, which also includes Emily’s DFS award-winning photo of Itar, will be showcased across the 40-acre site throughout summer.

Meanwhile a new male lion called Mwamba will soon be arriving from Paignton Zoo to join lionesses Kyra and Asha, so watch this space….