The sporty staff went head-to-head in a number of zookeeper inspired games in the castle courtyard, including Straw Bale Stacking, Tug of War and Guess the Animal Poo, raising £84.75 from visitor donations, who braved the heavy rain to watch and take part in some of the animal-themed games.
Dudley Zoo boosted the donation to £500 to help World Land Trust (WLT) purchase a piece of Atlantic Forest to be named the Olympic Forest Reserve as a conservation legacy of the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Braving the weather
Chris Leeson, Conservation Officer at DZG, who organised the event, said “Despite the atrocious weather on the day, I was delighted how much we raised from visitors who came to watch us make fools of ourselves.”
“The keepers were fantastic and all got stuck into their events and the losing bird section were great sports at being put in the castle stocks and soaked even more with buckets of water.”
WLT have since announced that the £40,000 target was exceeded and the funds are being used to purchase 221 acres of Atlantic Forest, an endangered ecosystem home to many endangered plants and animals including Puma, Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth and Woolly Spider Monkey.
Chris added “It’s fantastic that DZG can support an important conservation cause, which will make such a huge difference to the variety of species who live in the forest.”