The temperature may have dropped but there’s still plenty of reasons for festive cheer at Dartmoor Zoo. After something of a whirlwind romance in one of the enclosures, staff recently welcomed four new pups into the extended DZ family with today marking the big unveiling.
Born to parents Matty and Jasmine, the young Small Claw Asian Otters are the latest additions to join the eclectic mix of animals living here on the edge of the moor and we’re delighted to be on board and helping to support the new arrivals – cute doesn’t even come close!
The attraction was made famous in the 2011 Hollywood film ‘We Bought a Zoo’, starring Matt Damon, Scarlet Johansson and Crystal the Monkey (as herself), which tells the tale of recently bereaved owner Benjamin Mee as he purchased the previously dilapidated zoo with his children in 2006.
Following the massive exposure around the world that the movie brought, in recent years the 33-acre site has enjoyed a new lease of life with increased footfall and year round school trips. In 2014 the business concentrated its efforts on becoming more conservation focussed and began working with Plymouth University and students studying Animal Science at Duchy College.
The Brewery and Dartmoor Zoo actually share many of the same environmental values, a similar wild side and of course a very strong bond with our furry friends. As a fellow family run business it gives us great pleasure to be sponsoring one of the new pups….. our boy, naturally, is called ‘Tarka’!
We’ll also be supplying beer, bespoke t-shirts and a raffle prize to tour the brewery. Our ongoing sponsorship will help facilitate new houses and ponds, additional toys and also extra heating and lights in the enclosure. It’s a dynamic partnership and one that we hope will bring many more visitors to the park.
For opening times, etc please visit: www.dartmoorzoo.org.uk