Our passenger-carrying chairlift provided the ideal scenario for rope rescue training for West Midlands Fire Service’s Technical Rescue Unit. During a staged incident involving the team from Wednesbury Fire Station, DZG’s Curator Richard Brown, pretended to be stuck on the chairlift, before being rescued and lowered to the ground by the team. White Watch Crew Commander, … Continue reading Chairlift training exercise
We’re marking the fifth anniversary of our re-launched chairlift today! Following a £117,000 Heritage Lottery grant, we re-opened the passenger-carrying aerial ropeway on August 24, 2012 after being out of use for more than a decade and it’s remained as popular as ever. Zoo Manager Matt Lewis, said: “The chairlift first opened in May 1958 … Continue reading Five years of flight!
Customer Services Team Member, Emma Dingley, is using her time operating the chairlift to help survey the site’s native birds. In between helping visitors on and off the two-minute vintage aerial ride, Emma is keeping an eagle eye out for feathered friends. DZG Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson, said: “We have lots of native wildlife on … Continue reading Eagle eyed, Emma!
Birthday boy, Margaash, is looking forward to a new scratching post after keepers recycled the old chairlift rope to raise funds! The snow leopard, who is seven today, loves playing with the heavy duty rope, as do our Sumatran tigers and Carpathian lynx, which keepers wrap around wooden posts in their enclosures. Following the recent replacement … Continue reading Recycling purchases birthday gift!
It’s up, up and away again for our vintage chairlift, which is flying back into action this weekend after having a new rope fitted. Experts have spent the last week on site replacing more than 180 metres of engineered steel rope, which holds the aerial ride’s 41 chairs. Zoo Manager, Matt Lewis, said: “It was a … Continue reading Up, up and away!
DZG’s popular chairlift is currently grounded as it undergoes its yearly safety check. As part of the annual MOT, all 41 numbered chairs have been removed to await inspection by independent assessors. Site Service Manager, Malcolm Clements, said: “We have to remove all the chairs and then a number of them are randomly chosen to … Continue reading Checks grounds chairlift