We’re celebrating our most successful Love Your Zoo Week ever at DZG.
From lemurs to lions, penguins to porcupines and tortoises to tarantulas, we’ve covered ’em all and hope you’ve learned lots as we took you, our visitors, on a voyage of discovery around one of the country’s busiest zoos.
We’ve attempted to introduce you to many of the lesser-known species within our collection alongside the firm family favourites.
And through talks, feeds, presentations and enrichment hearts and crafts workshops we hope you’ve caught a glimpse of the exciting work that goes on at DZG with some of the rarest animals on the planet.
Presenter, Becky Iwahashi pictured above was kept busy making enrichment hearts to fill with mealworms for meerkat snacks, there was a heart trail around the 40-acre site with an adoption pack of their favourite animal for the winner, plus an I Love DZG tree where young visitors left messages about their day out.
Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “It’s been a very busy week with lots of exciting activities for our young visitors, and everyone had a great time.
“There was a packed programme of animal talks and feeds throughout the week at giraffes, tigers, otters and penguins, plus the birds of prey display in the courtyard of the 11th century Dudley Castle at the heart of the zoological gardens, and Presentation staff also put on a series of daily Love Your Zoo events across the site.” She added: “These included craft sessions in the Discovery Centre to make enrichment hearts which were later filled with mealworms and taken round to the meerkat enclosure where they were incorporated into a talk and feed, and also coloured in and wrote messages on individual hearts to display on the I Love DZG tree.” Alongside the heart trail, where children had to search for hidden clues in a bid to win an animal adoption of their favourite DZG creature, there was also a colouring competition in the Farm Barn.
Love Your Zoo Week encourages the public to visit their local BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) zoos, aquariums and wildlife centres to discover brilliant and exciting projects that are happening right now on their doorstep . . .