Royal guest at Newquay Zoo
Published: 17th Sep 2019His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO will be at Newquay Zoo on Tuesday 24th September to meet staff and volunteers and to pay a visit to an award-winning bird exhibit.
On a tour of the Cornish zoo, His Royal Highness will talk to staff, volunteers and invited guests. Among these will be Trustees of Wild Planet Trust, the charity that runs Newquay Zoo, Rachael Hill, Andrew Cooper and Sylvia Greinig. He will go on to view an exhibition marking Newquay Zoo’s 50th Anniversary (which is being celebrated this year) in the company of Mark Norris, Newquay Zoo’s long-serving Education Officer.
At the ‘Gems of the Jungle’ exhibit he’ll meet Curator John Meek and hear about the South East Asian songbird crisis and the international Silent Forest Campaign. The Gems of the Jungle walk-though aviary won gold in the annual awards of the British & Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
By the zoo’s lake he will unveil a brass plaque marking his visit. Here he’ll also meet members of zoo staff, volunteers and staff from Cornwall College, with which the zoo has an education partnership. His Royal Highness will meet local dignitaries, including the Mayor of Newquay, Councillor Rachel Craze, Andrew Curtis (Clerk, Newquay Town Council), Steve Double, MP (Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay) and the Executive Director of Wild Planet Trust, Simon Tonge.