DZG members, the Coles family, from Kingswinford have an extra special reason to celebrate 2013.
Dad, Phil, has had his favourite photograph published in an international calendar a picture of DZG’s baby Bornean orang utan, Sprout! Mum, Esther, explained: “Phil works for a company called Ashlands who have bases all around the world, including China, USA, and Europe, and every year they hold an employee photo competition which culminates in their annual calendar. “This year’s theme was ‘something in the environment worth protecting’ and thousands of entries were received so we couldn’t believe it when we won and to top it off our photo was the only one selected from the UK!” Forty-five-year-old Phil, who works as a Maintenance Supervisor, took the image of Sprout and her mum, Jazz, in the spring. Esther added: “We love little Sprout as she is the same age as our daughter Rachael, and myself and my seven-year-old son, Rhys, are members at the zoo and we visit very often. “When Ashlands informed us that we had won they asked for some background on the photo and the information I took from your website is printed on the calendar, beneath the photo, for the month of October.”
DZG Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “What a fantastic story and such a stunning image.
This photograph of baby Sprout and her mother Jazz was taken on a family day out at Dudley Zoological Gardens near Philip’s home in Dudley, West Midlands, UK. Set in a 40 acre woodland hillside, the zoo surrounds an 11th century castle and is home to many of the world’s most endangered species, including this pair of Bornean Orangutans. One year old Sprout is the first of her species to be born at the zoo in 19 years. Philip and his family are annual pass holders and visit this very special zoo often. They are especially fond of Sprout, who is the same age as Philip’s daughter Rachael! Dudley Zoological Gardens is currently celebrating its 75th anniversary with a continued commitment to education and conservation
“Well done, Phil, and thank you for our copy of the Ashlands calendar – October’s definitely our favourite month!”