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BCH - Rare Disease Day

Kookaburra at Zoo2U Rare Disease Open Day

Today we were once again visiting the Birmingham Children's Hospital. It was a very special Rare Disease Open Day put on for all of the children and their families. We at Zoo2U love this sort of event and take great pride in putting smiles on the children's faces.

We brought Skittles the Bearded Dragon, who suprised a few by just how spikey his back really is! We had Dougie the Royal Python working his charm. There was Woody the playful skunk, who shocked people by the lack of smell but rather how cute he is. Herbert the Horsfield Tortoise, who would not stop eating! The ever fluffy guinea pigs, Molly and Sally certainly received their fair share of cuddles too!

The party piece for this visit was the introduction of Milo the Eclectus Parrot and Kinta the Laughing Kookaburra. Neither of them disappointed with Milo making his presence known through the odd wolf whistle and a few polite "hello"'s. However Kinta stole the show with her laughter which never failed to make everyone else start laughing too!

Haslington Home Education Group Visit

Bumble The Owl at Haslington

We love teaching children at school so we relished the chance to pop around the corner to Haslington Village Hall (near Crewe, Cheshire) for a class of home learners. Usually we are given a topic to foucs on, which fits in with what the children are currently learning. For example, year one often learn about "Meerkat Mail" where we discuss classifcations and adaptations.

Today though, we had free reign as the children we met were from nursery up to year six. We took a range of animals including Anja the Greater Tenrec, Bumble the scops Owl and Winston the Skunk. The children learned lots of facts about the types of animal they are, their homes and what they eat. Some already knew that Anja's spikes are made of fur, that our snakes forked tongue helps him smell in two directions and even that the Scorpians had an exoskeleton!

Well done class!

Zoo2U Closure - Coronavirus

Black Friday Deals

Following in the footsteps of many other UK zoos and in light of recent government recommendations, it is with a very heavy heart that the decision has been made to close Zoo2U, as of 5pm 23.03.20. The team and I are hopeful that this will not be a permanent closure.

I have no words that convey just how upsetting this is. Zoo2U was set up in April 2012 and I am so proud of how it has grown over the years. Zoo2U is not just a business, it is my business and has been my entire life’s work since it’s conception. Our mission statement is ‘Interact, Educate, Inspire’ and I strongly believe that this is what we have achieved through the many hundreds of outreach visits we have done. Thank you so much to everyone who has ever booked us and encountered our beautiful animals. With our 9th birthday around the corner we will probably be remembering the day in a more sombre manner than usual.

I just wanted to put your minds at ease that our animals and keepers are all safe and well, and we are keeping up to date and following government guidelines on minimising the risk to each other. We are of course worried that our entire income stream has now gone, as we are primarily an outreach company with a small amount of onsite experiences delivered. We still have over 60 animals to care for and staff to keep paying (zookeepers cannot be furloughed!). However, we will not go down without a fight!

We would encourage you to support us any way you can to ensure to help us get through. We have already been compiling a list of activities that you can get involved in virtually with us, as well as some virtual educational sessions for children. We will still be selling vouchers for our Meerkat, Skunk, Reptile and Zookeeper experiences (with expiry dates being extended initially to 12 months) and if you are looking for an outreach visit of any kind, we will still be taking enquiries. This pandemic will end at some point and we hope with your help it will be all systems go again! Don’t forget that we do also sell merchandise and we are working to get our online shop up to date with current stock for you to buy. Also, brand new for 2020, our adopt an animal package was launched and this is due to go live on our website as soon as possible. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you would like to know more information about anything I’ve mentioned.

We hate to ask for donations but as our income source has all but gone we now rely entirely on the good will of you lovely lot. If you are able to spare any financial donation at all, no matter how small, we would be so so grateful. Any money received will go directly into the care of our animals. Please donate via Paypal (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or we can provide bank details for a transfer.

Finally, we understand that this is a worrying time of uncertainty for us all, we are all in this together and we encourage each and every one of you to respect the government’s advice, put it into action and stay safe! You will not only be protecting yourself but also your loved ones. We are an altruistic species, lets show our true colours now and protect each other so we can go on to enjoy a future together in this wonderful world we call home. Melissa x

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