Newquay Zoo will be visited by His Royal Highness, Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, this Tuesday (Sept. 24) to come meet and greet the staff of the zoo and visit their bird exhibit.
During his visit, Prince Edward will meet the volunteers, staff, and other guests including Andrew Cooper, Rachael Hill, and Sylvia Greinig who are both trustees of Wild Planet Trust, a charity which runs the zoo.
According to the information, Prince Edward will view the exhibition which marks the 50th anniversary of Newquay Zoo this year. This will be celebrated along with Mark Norris who happens to be Newquay Zoo’s education officer.
During the Gems of the Jungle exhibit which will be held during the anniversary, the prince will meet John Meek and hear about the International Silent Forest Campaign as well as the SouthEast Asian songbird crisis. The Gems of the Jungle exhibit was able to win gold during the annual awards held by the British & Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
The prince will also unveil a brass plaque by the lake in order to mark his visit. There, he will also meet other members of the zoo alongside volunteers and staff from the Cornwall College who has an educational partnership with Newquay Zoo.
He will also meet a variety of other dignitaries such as Rachel Craze (Newquay’s Mayor), Simon Tonge (Wild Planet Trust executive director), Andrew Curtis (Newquay Town Council clerk), Steve Double (St. Austell and Newquay MP), and a few others.
Apart from the award-winning bird exhibit, Newquay Zoo is also known as home to a newborn Philippine spotted deer which is considered as the world’s rarest deer species. There are also a ton of other amazing attractions which, hopefully, Prince Edward will take a look at.