Where’s Pongo?

Our Outreach team have a new red-haired recruit who’ll accompany them on their trips to shows and festivals.

Pongo the orang is the new mini mascot who will join our Outreach Co-ordinator Sally Skinner (pictured) and her team at various events across the Midlands.

The team takes a host of creepy crawlies and cuddly creatures for people to get up close and personal with, including Madagascan hissing cockroaches, African giant land snails, stick insects, snakes, ferrets, chinchillas and guinea pigs.

They also take various biofacts and an information stand to talk to people about the animals we have a Dudley Zoo and our conservation commitments to help endangered animals in the wild.

And they offer face painting and hand out our kids go free vouchers for youngsters visiting the stand.

Sally said: “We thought Pongo may appeal to youngsters visiting our stand at various events when we are promoting what we do at Dudley Zoo. People can have a photo with him in our special selfie frame.

“It is quite appropriate our new team member is an orang, as money raised at our outreach sessions goes towards our £800,000 appeal to build an entirely separate outdoor exhibit for our popular Bornean orangutans.”

The Outreach team will be at Walsall Football Club on April 28 and in Vines Park for the St Richard’s Festival in Droitwich over the Bank Holiday on May 5,6 and 7.

They are also taking part in the Mini Day at Himley Hall on May 13th, at the Kids’ Festival in Quarry Park, Shrewsbury, on May 19 and 20 and the Staffordshire County Show on May 30 and 31.

If you are an organiser interested in having us along to your event please contact us on 01384 215313.

Keep your eyes peeled for Pongo on your travels!