We are disappointed to announce our anniversary plans to reopen the Tropical Bird House have been halted.
Zoo Director Derek Grove said: “We felt this was a wonderful opportunity to bring an original Tecton building back into use during our 80th year as an all-weather indoor exhibit for small South American species.
“But we’ve been informed by heritage officials they’d prefer to develop a plan to explore potential opportunities for all the remaining unrestored grade II listed Tecton structures on site, rather than devising options for just the Tropical Bird House.”
Undeterred by this set back we’ll plough ahead with our other £295,000 redevelopment programme to modernise a number of enclosures across the zoo site, including our farmyard, capuchin, lynx and snow leopards.
And we’ll still be celebrating on May 6 – our anniversary date – by hosting our fundraiser – Walk on the wild side!
We’re inviting supporters to sign up for our popular event and complete a sponsored walk around our 40-acre site, with all funds raised going towards DZG’s latest conservation project to extend our Bornean orangutan enclosure – which we’ll be revealing more about soon!
We’ll also be partying in the castle courtyard, with birthday cake and entertainment throughout the afternoon.
Derek added: “We’re looking forward to our anniversary celebrations as there’ll be a really fun, party atmosphere on site as we our mark our past 80 years, while also raising money for future projects.”