Feeding time at the zoo gets a sustainable make-over

We are introducing some exciting changes at the popular Dodo Restaurant within the zoo that will help many of the species we work with and also our planet. Dr Lesley Dickie, Durrell’s CEO comments; “I think it’s really important that we practice what we preach and these changes, which are just the start of an on-going improvement plan, will help make a difference to the environment both here in Jersey and to the habitats of animals we are working hard to save in their native countries.

I’m really excited about leading the way in Jersey with removing all plastic single use bottles from the site. In addition, we will be selling palm oil free ice cream from Minioti and have sourced compostable coffee cups and lids. All these small steps start to make a big impact on the planet” Plastic is no longer on the menu and visitors to the zoo will be drinking Water in a Box instead, with a range of natural and eco-conscious spring water that’s boxed at source in Somerset’s Mendip Hills. All other drinks will be available in cans which will be helping Durrell’s Cans for Corridors project, re-planting corridors of trees in Brazil’s rainforest. Tea and coffee will be supplied by local company Coopers, long-standing members of the Fairtrade Foundation and the Rainforest Alliance, and served in takeaway Vegware cups made from vegetables. The new cups and even the lids are 100% compostable. The zoo's freezers will be stocked with ice-cream from Genuine Jersey member Minioti made with milk from the island’s very own Jersey cows. It’s a healthy option as there’s no added sugar, plus, importantly this local ice cream does not contain palm oil, which is good news for the orangutans of Borneo and Sumatra, where the apes’ habitat is being destroyed at an alarming rate to make room for palm oil plantations. The restaurant is looking after its young diners too, introducing a ‘Kids Kitchen’ offering hampers to help children recognise the health benefits of eating the same fresh raw vegetables that many of the animals in the zoo enjoy! Durrell’s CEO Dr Lesley Dickie said, “We believe that these exciting changes to our food and beverage offer will give diners a really tasty, healthy and sustainable experience. We’re also introducing a ‘Dodo Deli’ and delicious Tuscan hand stretched pizzas, lots more vegetarian options, plus everything will be freshly prepared on site, helping to reduce our carbon footprint and eliminate the use of palm oil” We will also be rolling out a new menu and introducing the same sustainable changes at Café Firefly in the coming months.