Treats in store!

Santa won’t be the only one delivering piles of treats this Christmas – Dudley Zoo’s storeman Bill Newton has made sure we’re well stocked to give our animals some festive surprises.

With only three days to go – and counting – Bill, pictured above, has been ensuring we have plenty of fresh food to cater for more than 1,500 hungry mouths across our 40-acre site.

He works alongside our curators to source only the freshest fruit, vegetables, meat and fish.

Bill said: “Our animals are very well looked after here and we’ll only ever give them the best. We do have a few extra treats in store for the festive period so the animals will be getting a wonderful Christmas lunch.”

On average, to last just five days, Bill orders 122kg of apples, 14kg of oranges, 20kg of pears, 79kg of bananas, 29kg of tomatoes, 35 sticks of celery, 11kg of cucumber and 54kg of lettuce!

That’s in addition to more than a ton of freshly caught sprats, delivered twice a month from Poole, raw meat which arrives once a month and quarterly deliveries of specialised dry food and graze mix.

Not forgetting the regular order of fruit flavoured baby food, nutritional drinks, multivitamins and cod liver oil which also needs to be dispersed around the site for certain species.

Merry munching! Our animals are in for a real festive feast!