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Volunteers join in the ‘monkey business’ at Belfast Zoo

Date: 16 Mar 2016

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Belfast Zoo welcomed more than 80 volunteers to carry out a range of tasks around the Cave Hill site.

On Wednesday 16 March 2016, Belfast Zoo welcomed more than 80 volunteers to carry out a range of tasks around the Cave Hill site.

The volunteer day was organised by Belfast City Council community Parks Outreach Manager, Paula Irvine and her team. Paula worked with Volunteer Now who, in partnership with Business in the Community, organise a day of voluntary action known as ‘Be a Saint – Volunteer ’. This annual event encourages employers to release their employees in teams to undertake projects within the community.

Lindsay Armstrong, Community Engagement Manager, Volunteer Now said “This day of voluntary action makes a tremendous contribution to many local organisations. It offers a great way for volunteers to make a difference in the community and to have fun at the same time. We are delighted that the zoo has supported this project and that such an iconic site in Belfast has been involved this year.”

A number of leading organisations around Northern Ireland took part in the volunteering day, including:

  • The NI Housing Executive
  • BT
  • First Trust
  • SSE
  • The Department of Finance and Personnel
  • Ulster Bank
  • Tesco

Belfast Zoo curator, Julie Mansell, said “We were delighted with the results of the volunteer day. Volunteers took part in a range of projects including painting the wet weather shelters around the zoo, planting willow onsite and also a number of projects in animal enclosures including the meerkats, warty pigs, red river hogs and monkeys!”

Julie continues, “Not only did our team enjoy working with Paula and Volunteer Now but we also had great fun working with and getting to know all of the volunteers from the different companies. All of the volunteer teams were certainly ‘saints’ and everyone worked very hard to get some great results for the zoo.”