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Dudley Zoo reveal most popular animal of 2019

Reggie, the Linne’s two-toed sloth, has proved to be the most popular animal of 2019 at Dudley Zoo and Castle, overtaking the usual firm favourites.

Since arriving last summer, the four year-old has quickly secured lots of fans and was the zoo's most adopted animal over the festive period. Marketing Assistant, Louise Curtis, said:

“Reggie has been an extremely popular addition to our collection and we sent out more Christmas gift adoptions for him than any other animal on site!

“He even toppled our usual fan favourite, Kubwa the giraffe, from the top spot!” 

Another new arrival, Tommy the Arctic fox, who joined the attraction with his three brothers in October, was also a huge hit with end of year adopters, as was 28 year-old female Bornean orangutan, Jazz. Louise added:

“Funds raised from our adoption packages support our ongoing conservation programmes, so we’re very grateful to the visitors who help us through their purchases.”

Tommy the Arctic fox (left) and Bornean orangutan, Jazz (right) were also popular with Kubwa the giraffe (centre) topping polls in recent years.

Reggie has settled in well to his new purpose-built enclosure and has now been joined by Goeldi monkeys, Francisco and Santiago.

He’s found a favourite nesting box near the rear of the indoor den, where he can be spotted most days, but a digital screen on the outside wall is playing an eight-minute looped film of Reggie moving around his enclosure and tucking into some of his favourite foods, so visitors can see what he looks like, even if he’s curled up asleep!

For more information on adoptions, check dudleyzoo.org.uk.

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