August Bank Holiday Monday was Raptor Day at Dudley Zoological Gardens.
The idea was the brainchild of Bird Keeper, Kriss Pearson, who wanted to highlight more conservation work for avian species.
Throughout the day we gave our visitors the opportunity to meet our birds of prey, who were displayed in our 11th century castle courtyard.
These birds are usually kept off show so they can be used as part of our bird of prey display team, so the event gave us a great opportunity to talk about the plight of some of these birds, especially our British species such as the barn owl and kestrel who have seen a dramatic reduction in their numbers.
We also ran competitions throughout the day for the chance to win a cuddly toy owl and an adoption of one of our great grey owls.
And Grafton, our Magellan Horned Owl, was also available for photo opportunities in exchange for a small donation.
Thanks to our visitors generosity we managed to raise an incredible £869.95 which is now being spent on owl and kestrel boxes with the hope of attracting more native bird species to our 40-acre site.
We’re also hoping to install cameras to the boxes to give our visitors the opportunity to see exactly where their money has gone, as well as getting a closer look at some of our rarer native bird life.
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