Throwback Thursday

We’re having another peek into the zoo archives and this month we’re recalling some of the famous faces who have visited DZG over the last 80 years.

How many do you recognise?

1937 : HRH the Duke of Kent was a regular visitor during the zoo’s early years. 

1937: Indian child film star, Sabu, who starred as ‘Elephant Boy’ in the film of the same name, reacquainted himself with elephants, Yuvaranee and Maharanee, with the 14 year-old having grown up with the pair. 

Circa 1950’s : Barbara and Richard Lyon, children of American actors, Ben Lyon and Bebe Daniels, who all starred in British TV and radio sitcom, Life with the Lyons, meet our newest big cat arrivals. 

1956: British ornithologist and conservationist, Sir Peter Scott, who founded the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, opened our Reptile House.

Circa 1960’s : Broadcaster and naturalist, Sir David Attenborough toured DZG during the early 1960’s. 

1994: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited Dudley Castle to open a new Interpretation Centre. 

2004: Actors Warren Clarke and Colin Buchanan filmed Dalziel and Pascoe episode, Dead Meat, on site.

2007: Classical singer, Katherine Jenkins, wowed a crowd packed during an open air concert in the castle courtyard.

2010: Pirates of the Caribbean and BBC The Office star, Mackenzie Crook, was guest star of children’s TV programme, Live ‘n’ Deadly, hosted by wildlife presenter Steve Backshall.

2014: Conservationist and TV Presenter, Bill Oddie, officially opened our Baboons on the Bank exhibit, which received a prestigious silver award in the BIAZA Exhibits category. 

2016: Cbeebies presenter, Andy Day, spent a day on site filming his show Andy’s Baby Animals, while meeting a few of our newest feathered friends. 

2017: Singer Gareth Gates stopped by Lorikeet Lookout to feed our colourful birds as he launched Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s Christmas pantomime, which DZG is once again sponsoring.