A COVENTRY girl has been named as a ‘Twycross Zoo Discoverer’ after becoming one of the winners of a competition to celebrate children with a passion for nature, conservation and the great outdoors and a big imagination.
Krystal Rodriques, three, got to attend the VIP launch of The Gruffalo Discovery Land at the zoo.
She joined eight other children from across the UK to be one of the first to discover and explore the new Gruffalo Discovery Lane.
The attraction has been developed in partnership with brand managers Magic Light Pictures and is inspired by the best-selling picture book The Gruffalo written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.
The four-acre experience is aimed at educating and inspiring the next generation about conservation, which is critical to the future of many species as well as the planet.
It celebrates the wonders of nature and teaches youngsters how even small actions can – collectively – make a big difference to the future of the planet.
Dr Sharon Redrobe OBE, CEO of Twycross Zoo, said: “It is so inspiring to see their excitement and enthusiasm at such a young age and they will play a vital role in helping us to educate more young children than ever before on the natural world, and the steps we can all take to help protect it.”
Budding Twycross Zoo Discoverers were invited to send in their nomination for the role by submitting a photograph of themselves exploring or enjoying nature.
Krystal’s parents, Joanne and Andre Rodriques, said: ““As parents, we’re so proud of Krystal and we can’t wait to see how she may be inspired in the future by this amazing opportunity.
“We can’t stop telling everyone about Twycross Zoo and how our daughter is one of its Young Discoverers.
“Krystal loves to run wild outside, discover nature and always enjoys new adventures – so to be named as a Twycross Zoo Young Discoverer is a wonderful surprise.”
The nine explorers will also be awarded an exclusive ‘Keeper for the Day’ and a 12-month membership pass.
Visit twycrosszoo.org/the-gruffalo-discovery-land/ for more information and to buy tickets.