On Monday 20th January 2014 HM Lord-Lieutenant Jennifer, Lady Gretton JP paid a special visit to Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire to unveil a plaque to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Zoo and its achievements in conservation and animal welfare.
Lady Gretton’s visit also included a tour of the Zoo’s animals, including penguins and elephants, and some of its more recent developments.
Sharon Redrobe, Chief Executive, said: “We were delighted that Lady Gretton agreed to visit and launch our 50th Anniversary celebrations.”
Twycross Zoo Founders Nathalie Evans and the late Molly Badham opened the Zoo on Whitsun Bank Holiday in 1963 with the help of TV Stars: Jean Morton, Tingha and Tucker. ‘Twycross’ has come a very long way since its opening. Now a registered charity, the Zoo is renowned as a specialist primate centre with a wide variety of monkeys, including the UK’s only group of Bonobos.
The visit from Lady Gretton kick-starts a year-long calendar of special events taking place at Twycross Zoo to commemorate the Zoo’s golden anniversary, including a week long 50th Anniversary Party, a commemorative book, a 50th Gala Fundraiser, a Memorial Tribute to Molly Badham and much more.
Over the course of the year Twycross Zoo will also be unveiling new and exciting exhibits.