Staff from Drusillas Park in Alfriston said they have noticed a significant increase in the number of enquiries regarding animal adoptions in the last two weeks ahead of Valentine’s Day.
Secretary Angela Hale has received a number of calls from members of the public desperate to find an unusual gift for their loved ones in time for today (Friday February 14).
Angela said: “There is a lot of pressure on people to find a thoughtful and relevant present for the special someone in their life and I guess an animal adoption is pretty unique.
“By far our most popular Valentine’s adoption is a black-cheeked lovebird, as you may expect. Black-cheeked lovebirds are part of the parrot family. They get their name from the strong bond male and female pairs form. They mate for life and spend lots of time preening each others’ feathers, which I think the romantics out there really like. They are also Africa’s most endangered parrot, so are incredibly precious.”
Staff said any of the animals are available for annual adoption and the income generated helps support the zoo’s ongoing animal care and conservation programmes.
Adopters receive a photo, a certificate signed by a Zoo Director, a plaque on or near the animal’s enclosure and a complimentary ticket to visit the new member of the family.
Angela added: “The most amusing enquiry I took was a lady interested in adopting an animal for her husband. She was interested in our male sloth as she said these animals were a perfect representation of him – lazy, unusual looking but very lovable!”
For more information call 01323 874100 or visit www.drusillas.co.uk