Care home supports Exotic Zoo through Star campaign

Staff and residents at a Telford care home have thrown their support behind a campaign to kit out an education centre at the town’s exotic zoo.

The Coverage Care home, Chillcott Gardens in Madeley, has collected 620 of the Shropshire Star’s Cash for Community tokens that could help the Exotic Zoo win a slice of a £20,000 prize fund.

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A giant glass dome and sensory garden, which will be used for animal-assisted therapy sessions, has recently been built at the not-for-profit education and therapy centre at the zoo.

Director of the Donnington Wood-based Exotic Zoo, Scott Adams, and his team now need to raise funds funds to fill the dome with sensory items and plants and trees. It is one of 50 groups competing for the Shropshire Star funding.

Activities Co-ordinator at Chillcott Gardens, Trina Pooler, said: “Scott and the Exotic Zoo team have been bringing animals to the home for the last couple of years, providing valuable animal therapy for the residents.

“It is very stimulating for the residents, some of whom have dementia, to engage with and learn more about exotic pets.

“The meerkats are always very popular and Scott brings along a variety of animals and explains more about them. We always enjoy his visits and were happy to help with their appeal for the Shropshire Star campaign.”

Scott Adams said: “We are very grateful to everyone at Chillcott Gardens for their support and we hope that we are one of the lucky groups to win some of the funding.

“We use some of the most amazing and engaging animals in the world to educate children and various groups, like the residents at Chillcott Gardens. We also provide animal-assisted therapy to a range of hard to reach and vulnerable groups, such as children and adults with learning difficulties and much more.”

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