Thanks to the thousands of under fives who joined our 80th birthday celebrations this week. We threw two big birthday parties on Wednesday and Thursday to mark our anniversary, complete with puppet shows, animal encounters, crafts, face painting and tombola. Marketing Manager, Andrea Hales, said: “We had two great days celebrating our 80th year with … Continue reading What great parties!
We’re dipping back into DZG’s photo archive as part of our 80th anniversary year and returning to the early 1970s, when hundreds of thousands of visitors would have seen one of our most notable animals… Cuddles the killer whale was transferred to Dudley from Flamingo Park, Yorkshire, in May 1971 by Scotia Pleasure Parks, who … Continue reading Throwback Thursday
We’ve completed the second of our £295,000 redevelopment projects in time for Love Your Zoo Week – with our Carpathian lynx loving their extended home! Following the demolishment of the former Geoffroy’s cat enclosure, external contractors and DZG staff have transformed the space into a new internal section for our three lynx, Daisy, Dave and … Continue reading Lynx extension completes
We’re dipping back into DZG’s archives today and returning to the beginning, 80 years ago… It was Monday, May 17 1937 and was the first bank holiday after DZG’s opening and we were once again making headlines when 250,000 visitors flocked to Dudley for a day out at the zoo. Official records from the day … Continue reading Throwback Thursday
Our special anniversary zoovenir mugs have arrived in stock and we reserved the first one for the talented young designer himself! Jenson Hodges, from Wolverhampton, was judged the winner of our children’s mug competition, after impressing judges with his colourful artwork, which features a variety of animals found on site, the 11th century Dudley Castle, … Continue reading Zoovenir mugs in stock!
The rain didn’t dampen our spirits on Saturday as we celebrated DZG’s 80th anniversary in style! Around 300 supporters braved the weather to join us as we raised money towards a new outdoor enclosure for our critically endangered Bornean orangutans during our Take a Walk on the Wild Side event. Donning a variety of colourful … Continue reading Celebrating 80 in style!
Our colourful Indian peafowl are back out on site and following in the footsteps of the zoo’s first residents 80 years ago. For the past four months DZG’s four peacocks and two peahens have been kept in the triple aviaries as we adhered to stringent protocols to protect our birds from the recent outbreak of … Continue reading Peafowl back on site!
Three cheers for DZG as we turn 80 today! We’ve got a day of celebrations planned as we mark the zoo’s past, present and future. Zoo Director, Derek Grove, said: “When DZG first opened on May 6,1937 it was declared the most modern zoo in Europe and people got to see animals they’d only ever read … Continue reading Hip, hip, hooray, we’re 80 today!
We’ve judged our children’s mug competition and are delighted to reveal our fab new anniversary zoovenir! Congratulations go to 12 year-old JENSON HODGES from Wolverhampton who submitted this colourful design featuring a variety of animals found on site, the 11th century Dudley Castle and the iconic Tecton entrance. Retail Manager, Isobel Blackwell, said: “We received … Continue reading What a fab zoovenir!
Keep your keys safe in one place with an anniversary DZG keyring! The black and silver leather fob, featuring our celebratory 80th logo, is available in the Safari Shop, priced at just £2.99. Make sure you pick yours up the next time you’re on site! Other anniversary merchandise includes a bookmark, notepad, fridge magnet, pen … Continue reading Anniversary keyring