Successful awareness days!

Thank you to everyone who helped us raise £255 as we celebrated World Penguin Day and World Tapir Day.

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We had a flippin’ good time raising not only awareness for the two causes but also funds for Sphenisco – which works in Chile and Peru to save the Humboldt penguin from extinction and World Land Trust’s ‘Forest in the Sky’ appeal which is raising money to protect Mountain tapir habitats in the wild.  

To fundraise for the tapir appeal we held a raffle offering visitors the chance to win a tickle the tapir close encounter with our Brazilian tapir duo, Meena and Chico. 

We raised a fantastic £140 for the World Land Trust, which is World Tapir Day’s chosen appeal and the lucky winners were nine year-old Thomas Bradburn, Charlotte Bradburn, aged 12 and 15 year-old Georgia Bradburn and Annie and Emma Owen. 

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Section Leader, Jay Haywood, said: “Thank you to everyone who supported our World Tapir Day fundraising efforts, we’re delighted with the amount we raised and it will help make a difference to saving the habitat for the mountain tapir

“We had a great time raising awareness for one of the favourite species at Dudley Zoo and answered lots of questions from visitors, who were equally keen to win the chance to meet Meena and Chico – and they definitely loved the extra fuss from the winners!”

And as part of our penguin celebrations, when we also marked our oldest penguin’s 25th birthday, we held a penguin quiz and a guess the name of a large penguin cuddly toy – which raised £115.

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The name was ‘Patches’ and was correctly guessed by Colleen Duffy, pictured above, who was coincidentally visiting the zoo for the day to see her plaque for her newly adopted penguin – and she’s also holding her wedding reception on site in August!

Section Leader, Nicola Wright, said: “We had a brilliant time celebrating World Penguin Day and getting our message out about the plight of Humboldt penguins, of which we have one of the largest captive colonies in the UK.

“It’s great that we’re able to support the work of Sphenisco who are carrying out excellent in-situ work to help save the species.

“Thank you to visitors who took part in our guess the name competition, we had over 100 entrants and it was very apt that such a big penguin fan as Colleen took home the prize!”