Chance to get close to animals

ANIMAL-lovers will be sniffing, touching, watching and listening to their furry friends at a special Colchester Zoo event on Sunday.The zoo's Special Senses day will stress the importance of the senses to humans and animals.

ANIMAL-lovers will be sniffing, touching, watching and listening to their furry friends at a special Colchester Zoo event on Sunday.

The zoo's Special Senses day will stress the importance of the senses to humans and animals.

During the event the majority of the feeds and displays will be in British Sign Language, with plenty of chances to get closer to the animals and chat to the keepers.

It is designed to cater for people with sensory needs or physical disabilities, but the general public are invited too, and blindfolds will be available to heighten other senses.

A spokeswoman for the zoo said: “There will be interactive touch and smell displays and competitions in the Kalahari centre and the chance to touch or hold several small animals such as rabbits, guineapigs, a pygmy goat and a snake.

“The displays and shows around the Zoo on the day will all convey just how important the senses are, and how much our animals need their senses in the wild and how these help to keep them safe from predators.”

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