Charity group meet their red panda mascot at free zoo visit


A group of more than 50 people from local charity Winston’s Wish enjoyed a complimentary visit to Drusillas Park this week.

The visit was arranged as part of Drusillas Park’s commitment to Winston’s Wish - the zoo’s Charity of the Year for 2015.



Winston’s Wish offers practical support and guidance to bereaved children, families and professionals.

The group encountered a host of furry and feathered creatures during the day including the resident meerkats, penguins and otters.

“They also visited the walk-through enclosures, had a picnic and let off steam in the play area.

Winston’s Wish have an ongoing presence at the park and Mulan, the red panda, has also been chosen by the charity to represent them, with 20 per cent of any adoption proceeds donated to the cause.

Meeting Mulan was a top priority for the group, who spent time at the red panda’s enclosure trying to get a glimpse of her and her new baby, born at the zoo on July 17.

Community fundraiser, Leigh-Beth Stroud from Winston’s Wish said: “We are really grateful to Drusillas Park for their generosity.

“The families have had a fantastic day – they have been able to meet and connect with others in similar circumstances and will benefit from the experience.”

Zoo director, Christine Smith, added: “Each year, Drusillas Park supports a cause dedicated to the welfare of children and we are delighted to be helping Winston’s Wish in 2015.”

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