Welcome to DZG - Dudley Zoological Gardens
DZG is unique… a home to more than 1300 animals, and has nigh on 200 species, including some of the rarest creatures on Planet Earth.
DZG is much more than a zoo
Hundreds of exotic and endangered animals inhabit an ancient wooded hillside, with a rich geological history, around the ruins of the 11th century Dudley Castle and share a site with the world’s largest single collection of Modernist Tecton structures – and the country’s only vintage chairlift!
Education and Conservation
Our aim is to provide our visitors, via our education and conservation activities, with an understanding and awareness of all elements of this unique site, the history of the castle and the geology, the importance of the architectural design of the Tectons, and the opportunity to get closer to the world’s rarest animals.
The zoo which opened in May 1937, covers an area of approximately 40 acres. This unique site includes two scheduled monuments – an 11th century castle and limestone caverns – and 12 Grade 2 listed Tecton buildings (four Grade 2*).
The idea to convert Dudley Castle's grounds into zoological gardens came from its then owner, the third Earl of Dudley, who chose a team of Modernist architects to design the zoo. Using reinforced concrete they created a revolutionary new design of building: Tectons.
The structures have stood the test of time and eight decades on Dudley Zoo has the world's largest single collection of Tectons, which in 2009 received World Monument Status.
Today the Tectons are boosted by a variety of animal housing, paddocks and enclosures which are home to our wide variety of 200 species.
Much of the animal collection is linked to international conservation and breeding programmes and several of our global projects have received awards. Endangered species include Asiatic lions, Sumatran tigers, Bornean orang utans, Tibetan red pandas, Rothschild giraffes, Madagascan lemurs and Humboldt penguins – DZG has the UK's largest parent-reared colony.
Dudley Zoo is changing - be part of it
Visit as a School group and get up close to over 1,000 exotic and endangered animals. With 40 acres to explore plus an 11th century castle there’s an education package for all ages.
There's Christmas magic in the air! Our Winter Wonderland package runs from 1st - 24th Dec and includes a visit to see Santa in his Grotto set within the walls of the 11th century Castle.
Come and meet Luna!
Come and meet our very cute Brazilian tapir baby, Luna, before she loses her spots and stripes!
Find her in the South American paddock with mum, Meena and dad, Chico and our capybara.
A baby tapir's stripes will begin to fade when they're around six months-old.
The stripes help them camouflage themselves from predators against the rainforest foliage, but they won’t disappear altogether as all tapirs retain stripes somewhere on their body!