Reggie and Flo, Dudley Zoo and Castle’s pair of Linne’s Two-toed sloths, have claimed the top spot.
As one of the attraction’s only sources of income during lockdown, the zoo’s marketing team sent out hundreds of personalised adoption packs in the run-up to the festive season, with the most adoptions sent out for the breeding pair of sloths.
Two-year-old female Flo only arrived five months ago, relocating from the Netherlands to form a breeding pair with Reggie, but she has quickly become as much of a fan favourite as he is – and the two have certainly taken a shine with one another, with keepers photographing them even sharing a nest box in recent days.
DZC marketing manager Andrea Hales said: “We thought Reggie was popular with visitors, but Flo has also amassed a great deal of admirers and we sent out more Christmas gift adoptions for the pair of them than any other animal on site.”
Other huge hits with end of year adopters were Arctic fox Tommy, who had a great time playing in the recent snowfall, and five-year-old Gawa, the red panda, as well as Coconut the flamingo and Norman the Giant Asian pond turtle.
Andrea added: “All funds raised from adoption packages supports our ongoing conservation work and provide much-needed revenue during these difficult past few months, so we’re very grateful to the visitors who have helped us with these purchases and we hope all our new adopters will be able to visit us soon to see their animals.”
With a wide selection of animals to choose from, DZC adoptions start from £39.50. They last 12 months and include a personalised certificate, animal photo, gift card and zoo admission ticket, plus the chance to upgrade to a personalised plaque outside the animal’s enclosure.