His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO visited Newquay Zoo recently to meet staff and volunteers and to see an award-winning bird conservation exhibit.

On a tour of the Cornish zoo, His Royal Highness talked to staff, volunteers and invited guests. Among these were Trustees of Wild Planet Trust,the charity that runs Newquay Zoo, Rachael Hill, Andrew Cooper and Sylvia Greinig. He went 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 met Curator John Meek and heard about the South East Asian songbird crisis and the international Silent Forest Campaign, which Newquay Zoo is supporting. 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 unveiled a brass plaque marking his visit and chatted with members of zoo staff, volunteers and staff from Cornwall College, with which the zoo has an education partnership. His Royal Highness also met local dignitaries, including the Mayor of Newquay, Councillor Rachel Craze, Andrew Curtis (Clerk, Newquay Town Council), and the Executive Director of Wild Planet Trust, Simon Tonge. Newquay Zoo is a registered charity.

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