As harvest time crops up upon us, Dudley Zoological Gardens is flying the flag for home-grown delights as part of British Food Fortnight.
The zoo was the first in the country to sign up to the scheme and promote home-grown food.
It is encouraging visitors to find out more about the work it does as part of the two-week campaign, which promotes British food.
Curator Richard Brown, said: “We’re encouraging visitors to come and learn more about British Food Fortnight this weekend by taking a look at our display in the Discovery Centre and hear about the different British foods our animals eat by following our daily talks programme, running throughout the day.”
As more than 1,500 animals live at the attraction, topping up an annual food bill of £120,000, the zoo says it is keen to support suppliers on it’s doorstep.
The zoo takes deliveries of fruit and vegetables from Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire twice a week, cereals arrive from Staffordshire, raw meat is delivered once a month from Shropshire, while it has two deliveries a month of fresh sprats delivered direct from Poole within hours of being caught
Richard Brown added: “We have more than 200 animal species on site, who all have different dietary requirements, and it’s important that their food is fresh.
“We buy seasonal fruit and vegetables which we source from neighbouring counties, as we know we’ll get the best food at the best price.”
A special offer is running this weekend where children can enter for £1.
To gain the £1 entry, visit dudleyzoo.org.uk