Do something funny for money!
Dudley Zoo's giraffes and Perry Barr stadium's hare are joining in with the red nose day fun and donating money for Comic Relief 2009.
Rare Rothschild's giraffe Kora
Red Toes Day at Dudley Zoo
Staff at Dudley Zoological Gardens, in the West Midlands, are on red alert for Comic Relief.
As part of this year's Do Something Funny for Money campaign keepers at the award-winning tourist attraction have organised a Red Toes trail around the 25-acre site, for visitors to spot a variety of exotic animals including red panda, giant red-kneed spiders, red-eared terrapins and red-ruffed lemurs.
DZG CEO, Peter Suddock, said: "It should be great fun, the Red Toes trail takes in a wide variety of animals across the whole of the zoo site, so visitors will have to keep their eyes peeled.
"We will be donating 50p to Comic Relief for every visitor through the gates during Friday, March 13 and Saturday the 14th March 2009, and hope to raise lots of cash for a very worthwhile cause."
Other species included in the Red Toes trail are bush dog, koi carp, Rothschild's giraffe, scarlet macaw, guanaco and native red squirrels.
Mr Suddock added: "Many of our rarest animals are from parts of the world receiving help from Comic Relief, so we do have an important link.
"We hope lots of visitors will come and see us throughout the weekend to help us raise funds."
Painting the town red
In addition to the Red Toes Trail staff are turning the spotlight on the site's ancient castle and will be lighting the medieval monument in red.
DZG CEO, Peter Suddock, said: "We are one of a handful of landmark buildings across the country who are lighting up for Comic Relief.
"The castle can be seen for miles across the Black Country and will look stunning with the coloured lighting."
Bunny at Perry Barr Stadium
Doing something funny for bunny
Perry Barr Stadium is joining in with the red nose day fun. Every race won by a greyhound running from the red number one trap will trigger a £10 donation to Comic Relief from the stadium’s managers.
Stadium Manager Carol Chown - Smith said; "Comic Relief is a great charity and we're pleased to do something to help. As well as our own donation, we'll also have some collecting tins out so that customers can make a contribution."
"Even though It would have been really funny to put a red nose on the artificial hare that the dogs chase, we have to stay within the strict rules of racing, so couldn't do it."
"There are 12 races on Friday so there is the potential to raise £120 plus whatever customers contribute."
The first Red nose day event took place in 1988 and raised £15m. In total, the eleven red nose days have raised £420m to help and support people in need in the UK and Africa. To make a donation directly to Comic Relief, call Comic Relief on 03457 910 910
last updated: 13/03/2009 at 12:45