Welcome to DZC - Dudley Zoo and Castle

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DZC runs as a non for profit charity relying on ticket sales in order to operate and care for our many exotic species. Due to the COVID-19 virus we have closed and we’re hoping your support could see us through these troubling times. Please consider making a donation on our JustGiving page.

Did you know? 

  • the upkeep and care of one lemur costs £1 a day and an ape is £5 per day
  • to care for the giraffes for one day costs £15
  • the upkeep of the sloth for one week costs £20
  • to care for the lions for one week costs £100 
  • to care for the sea lions for one week costs £250
  • to feed and care for our penguins for one month costs £1,200 

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https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/DZCanimalcarefund
or you can also post a cheque made payable to Dudley Zoo (Castle Hill, Dudley,DY1 4QF)

We understand it's unsure times for us all but with your support we know we will get through this and we look forwarding to seeing you all again as soon as possible at Dudley Zoo and Castle. Thank you and stay safe!

Updated 5/6/20:
Unfortunately, we are postponing all June & July experiences, so if you have a Zoo keeper experience, Little zoo keeper experience, animal experience or a birthday party booked in June & July, we will be in touch with you re-arrange your date once we are back open.

We have also cancelled our under 5s days on 24th and 25th June.  Again, for anyone that has purchased tickets for these events, refunds will be processed and ticket money refunded back to the purchaser in due course.

As of 22nd March, Dudley Zoo and Castle will be closed. Please read a statement from Zoo Director Derek Grove HERE.

Our phone lines are not currently being manned.  If you have any questions please email admin@dudleyzoo.org.uk.

ABOUT US

DZC is unique… a home to more than 1300 animals, and has nigh on 200 species, including some of the rarest creatures on Planet Earth.

DZC 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.

History

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 – DZC has the UK's largest parent-reared colony.

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Special Experiences

Be a zookeeper for the day or have an animal encounter

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Adopt an animal

Adoption packages cost from just £39.50

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Join DZC and save

Pays for itself in just 3 visits - a great gift too!

Dudley Zoo is changing - be part of it

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Tectons

At the heart of DZC the ruins of an 11th century castle and the world's largest single collection of Tectons offer a glimpse of times past.

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Education

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.

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Hospitality

A unique venue for your personal or corporate event, with a wide range of facilities to cater for all group sizes.

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Zoo Keeper Experiences

Become a zoo keeper for a day at Dudley Zoo. Or for children (8-13 yrs) become a little zoo keeper!

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Read all about what we've been up to at DZC and catch up with our news!

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Birthdays at the Zoo

A birthday celebration with Dudley Zoo and Castle is a smashing time for youngsters alongside our wildest party animals!

Support our orangutan appeal!

Help us reach our £800,000 target to build a new outdoor enclosure for our Bornean orangutans.

We're aiming to start work within three years but need YOUR HELP.

Anyone who wishes to raise funds or donate to this project can contact andrea.marketing@dudleyzoo.org.uk for more details.

There’s so much more to do and see @ DZC