Dudley Zoo has enjoyed its busiest Bank Holiday weekend for decades, with more than 12,000 visitors over the three days.
The glorious sunshine drew bumper crowds to our 40-acre site, including more than 200 zoo supporters who donned fancy dress to take part in our annual fundraising Walk on the Wild Side on Saturday.
Across the weekend and Monday visitor figures reached a staggering 12,187 – the highest May Bank Holiday weekend numbers we’ve had for more than 20 years.
The busiest day was the Bank Holiday Monday when the site was buzzing with more than 5,350 visitors, our highest May Day attendance for five years.
Zoo Director Derek Grove said: “It was wonderful to have so many people visiting us over the Bank Holiday weekend and enjoying our sponsored walk, the weather, our talks, awareness event for macaques and of course our collection of amazing animals.
“There was a terrific atmosphere on site throughout the extended weekend and our staff did a great job making sure everyone had a great day out.”
It was the fifth year of our Walk on the Wild Side which saw people of all ages dress up and take part in the popular 5km sponsored stroll around the hillside site, with chance to see plenty of our endangered animals along the route.
This year money raised will be shared equally between our own in-situ conservation projects and WildCats Conservation Alliance, a charity which supports wild tigers and Amur leopards.
Marketing Manager Andrea Hales said: “We had another wonderfully successful Walk on the Wild Side. Many people have already handed in sponsorship money and have been incredibly generous.
“We would be grateful if people could get any outstanding sponsorship money to us by the end of the month with an exciting animal adoption prize on offer for the most money raised.”