You’’re a teenager, Meena!

A tropical treat was the order of the day as DZG tapir, Meena, turned 13.

Ungulates Apprentice Keeper Ellis Robinson served up some pineapple as a special gift for the birthday girl, pictured above, who shared the fruit with her partner 13-year-old Chico and their five-year-old son Ronnie.

Team leader Jay Haywood said: “We knew Meena would appreciate some delicious fruit on her special day.

“The tapirs are very popular animals with visitors and especially with Keepers for a Day who get chance to give them a tickle or two.”

Happy birthday, Meena!


Tapirs are excellent swimmers and often take to water to avoid predators

They can stay submerged for several minutes using their nose as snorkel