Talking tapirs

Today is World Tapir Day and this weekend DZG will be giving two lucky raffle winners chance to tickle our tapirs.

Our whole weekend will be tapir themed including special tapir talks about the endangered species and the threats they face in the wild.

There will also be a tapir fact trail, name the tapir toy and a raffle on each day to win a close encounter with DZG’s gorgeous Brazilian tapirs Chico, Meena and Luna.

Activities will be based at the South American paddock and the raffle will be drawn at 3pm on both days. The lucky winners will get to meet our tapirs up close straight after the draws.

Money raised will go to the World Land Trust to support their conservation work with tapirs.

Keeper Josh Luxton said: “We’ll be going tapir crazy all weekend and giving demonstrations on how we work with the animals who love nothing more than a good old tickle and lots of fuss.

“We’ll be showing visitors techniques including target training, applying a special hoof tar to protect their feet and demonstrating how we give them a dose of cod liver oil to help their skin and joints.”

Why not join us this weekend to celebrate our terrific tapirs?