THE Isle of Wight Zoo, based in Yaverland, has thanked Ryde Tesco for all its food contributions during lockdown.

"We'd like to give a big shout out to Tesco in Ryde for providing us with fruit and vegetables over the last few months," said a spokesperson for the zoo.

"Fruit and vegetables manager Mark Penny has gone above and beyond to ensure that not a single bit goes to waste, and has been coordinating pickups with our volunteer couriers.

"This has been a lifeline, providing us with much needed food for our animals to support the items being donated by our amazing local supporter drop offs."

"Thank you — from our animals and our Wildheart team."