An interactive medieval experience featuring live animals is currently under construction in the 11th century Dudley Castle at the heart of DZG.
CASTLE CREATURES, which is due to open Easter 2015, will tell the story of the Earl of Dudley’s family, explain the history of the castle and house a series of animal exhibits showing how medieval folk lived in close proximity with species, such as rats and bats, as part of everyday life.
DZG CEO Peter Suddock, said: “It’s a most exciting concept and DZG staff have worked alongside designers to create an authentic experience for visitors of all ages.
“The layout includes a unique interactive screen whereby visitors can create their own animals from a gene pool, plus a huge board game telling the story of thriving animals and those facing extinction in the modern world.”
The £250,000 six-month project is being supported by ERDF.
Mr Suddock added: “It is two decades since our last interpretation exhibit was constructed and the world has changed a lot in that time visitors now expect lively interactive displays and immediate facts at their fingertips and we hope this installation will bring the Dudley Castle experience closer to our core visitors while uniting castle and zoo life.”