Thank you for your bamboo!

DZG staff are very grateful to everyone who donated bamboo roots so we can build up our reserves for our red pandas.

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Senior Keeper Sarah Evans, pictured right with Mrs Blower from Wolverhampton who donated a huge potted bamboo, said the Ungulates team had been given dozens of plants following a DZG plea.

The idea is to plant the donated roots and grow a good supply of bamboo to feed our red pandas for many years to come.

Sarah said: “We are always amazed and delighted by people’s generosity when we launch appeals like these.

“It is clear people have a genuine interest in animals and how we care for them at DZG and we are very grateful for all the bamboo donations.”

In the wild, the red panda’s diet consists of about 65 per cent bamboo and our zoo keepers like to mimic what animals would feed on in their natural environment.

BELOW – DZG red panda Yasmin won’t be short of shoots any time soon!

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Some of the bamboo will also be shared with Keepers on our birds section as our 15 black-cheeked lovebirds – Africa’s most endangered parrots – use the plants for nesting material.

A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO GAVE US BAMBOO!