DZG’s glittering Winter Wonderland grotto has been officially opened by panto stars, Sooty and his right-hand man Richard Cadell. The Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s panto stars cut the ribbon to the magical grotto inside the 11th century Dudley Castle just before we welcomed almost 300 children from the Midlands-based children’s charity, Mad Hatters, for their annual Christmas party. … Continue reading When Sooty met Santa
Reindeer Jet is all fired up for her festive role of greeting young visitors to our magical Winter Wonderland grotto. It’s exactly a month until Christmas Day and Jet is one of our reindeer herd who has been learning the ropes so keepers can walk her up to the grotto to meet our special visitors … Continue reading Jet ready for grotto take off!
A beacon of remembrance has been lit at the top of Dudley Castle to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Alan Taylor, ignited the flame at the landmark location at a special ceremony at 7pm last night as part of a nationwide day of commemorative events. … Continue reading Dudley’s light of peace
Marketing staff from various UK attractions congregated at Dudley Zoo for a seminar to share ideas and improve visitor experiences. The British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (BALPPA) meeting was hosted by DZG in the Queen Mary Restaurant earlier this week. Marketing staff from attractions including Paignton Zoo, Colchester Zoo, Dreamland in Margate, … Continue reading Attracting new ideas
Our meerkat mob have been entering into the spirit of Halloween today and enjoying a spot of pumpkin playtime. Senior Keeper Sarah Evans added the hollowed-out fruit, carved with a castle design, to the meerkat enclosure and they soon got stuck in. She said: “The meerkats loved exploring the pumpkin and having a nibble on … Continue reading Halloween high jinks
A stunning video of all Dudley Zoo has to offer has been released as part of a series of short films showcasing the borough’s attractions. The 30-second clip zooms in on the glorious 11th century Dudley Castle, our incredible animals and the popular beach, ‘Ow Bin Ya Sands’ we installed for the summer. The footage … Continue reading Stunning zoo video
We’ve said so long to one of our reindeer, Basil, who has gone north to join an animal centre in Yorkshire. The 18-month-old male reindeer, pictured in the centre training for his Christmas grotto duties last year, left us to live with a new herd at Kirkleatham Owl Centre in Redcar. DZG Assistant Curator Jay … Continue reading Bye-bye Basil
Head on down to Dudley Zoo this half term for some spook-tacular fun, including a ghost trail around the 11th century castle grounds. Our Colombian black spider monkeys certainly enjoyed tucking in to some tasty pumpkins and, with a ghost trail, creepy crafts, extra animal talks and two ghost and history walks each day, there’s … Continue reading Boo from the Zoo!
Santa Claus is coming to town and bookings for the zoo’s grotto have already started coming in to his ho-ho-hotline! And arranging to see Santa in our magical Winter Wonderland Grotto can be organised online too by CLICKING HERE. The Winter Wonderland experience runs from December 1 to Christmas Eve when youngsters can get to see … Continue reading Santa’s on his way!
DZG Presenter Heather John was going through old photos of her late Nanna when something looked unbelievably familiar – Dudley Zoo! Heather knew her Welsh Nanna Myra Williams had taught at a primary school in West Bromwich but had no idea she had brought the class of 1950 to the zoo, 65 years before granddaughter … Continue reading Class of 1950