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Bosses at Wild Zoological Park praise public for support

By Thomas Parkes | Wolverhampton | Attractions | Published:

"We wouldn't have come out the other end of this if it wasn't for their support."

Zac with Philipe the bald eagle at the zoo.

Bosses behind a popular zoo have thanked people for their backing throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

WILD Zoological Park in Bobbington, near Wombourne, suffered a huge blow in income when lockdown was enforced.

Costs of between £10,000 to £15,000 a month had led to fears the popular attraction could be forced to close permanently.

Zac with Philipe the bald eagle at the zoo.

But now it is back on its feet after a positive reopening – with the zoo being fully booked, with visitors wanting to see the animals.

Zoo director Zac Hollinshead said: "We're operating on reduced numbers, but at the same time we don't have enough room for all the people.

"We're fully-booked every single day and people are so desperate to do things – it's a shame we can't allow more people in, but safety has to come first.

Barry the stork, which features in the show.

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"We're really grateful for people who want to come out and see us. And even when they couldn't, they were buying tickets and passes – as well as donating – to support us."

Almost £3,000 was raised through donations for the zoo – which has around 300 animals – to ensure it could continue running throughout lockdown.

Now they are pressing ahead with their popular bird shows – the biggest bird show in the country – which visitors have praised.

A vulture in flight during the show.

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Mr Hollinshead said: "We hold the biggest bird show in terms of the variety and the number of birds flying.

"Most of our visitors say it's a spectacle and there's a strong conservation message running throughout it – it's our pride and joy.

Jaiya Masters, with two of the many parrots..

"The birds fly twice a day – at 12pm and at 3pm – and have completely free reign to fly and come back when they want to."

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Senior Reporter - @TParkes_Star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch at thomas.parkes@expressandstar.co.uk.

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