We’ve had a grrr-eat time celebrating Love Your Zoo Week!
Thousands of visitors joined us as we spread the love about our animals and conservation projects, with more than 4,000 flocking through the gates on Bank Holiday Monday alone.
Zoo Manager, Matt Lewis, said: “We had a really busy week marking BIAZA’s Love Your Zoo campaign and it was wonderful to welcome so many people on site for the school holidays and give them a glimpse of the exciting work that goes on every day at DZ.
“Highlights included our new exhibit, Lorikeet Lookout, which opened on the first day of Love Your Zoo Week and has proved popular with visitors who were eager to spot our new Rainbow lorikeet arrivals and the love trail, where people had to hunt out a number of hearts around the site for a chance to win an animal adoption.
Visitors were also encouraged to leave messages about what they love most about DZ and our castle board was full to bursting with love notes!
And youngsters also had the chance the build their own bug house which they could choose to take home with them and add to their garden, or leave with us for keepers to use across the site – like ten year-old Shannon Dean, pictured left, from Rowley Regis.
Elsewhere across the 40-acre site we had a talks and feeds at animal enclosures running throughout each day, story telling sessions in the castle courtyard, as well as colouring-in sessions in the farm barn and Discovery Centre.
Love Your Zoo Week, which started on May 28 and ends today is organised by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) and aims to encourage people to visit their doorstep BIAZA zoos, aquariums or wildlife parks and enjoy a fun day out, as well as discovering all about the attraction’s conservation, education and research work.
Join us next Saturday (June 11) as we welcome 1st Sedgley Morris Men, who will be performing in the 11th century courtyard between 11am and 12pm.
The group, who formed in 1979, have danced at the zoo many times over the years, including when Queen Elizabeth II visited in 1994 and we’re delighted to welcome them again next weekend!