Tecton

Officially excellent

DZG is delighted to announce we’ve been awarded a certificate in recognition of excellent feedback from our visitors. Zoo Director Derek Grove said receiving the TripAdvisor 2018 Certificate of Excellence was a great boost and thanked visitors for their positive comments about our 40-acre attraction. The accolade, which we’ve framed and put up near our Continue reading Officially excellent

Newborn meerkats appear

It’s World Animal Day and our newest additions to the DZG collection have been spotted enjoying the autumnal sunshine. We’ve welcomed the birth of two baby meerkats in the Tecton Reptillary enclosure and Zoo Member, Kathryn Willett, was one of the first to catch their animal antics on camera. Assistant Curator Jay Haywood said: “The Continue reading Newborn meerkats appear

Explore the ravine

Visitors can explore the restored Bear Ravine as we’ve opened up public access. The ravine on the lower section of the zoo was brought back to its former 1930’s glory as part of a Heritage Lottery Funded project. Initially listed as under threat by Historic England back in 2009, following restoration work, the building watchdog Continue reading Explore the ravine

Throwback Thursday

We’re dipping back into the zoo archives today as part of our Throwback Thursday 80th anniversary year and this month we’re featuring our polar bears. DZG held polar bears from opening day until 1989, who all lived in one of the most iconic Tecton enclosures on site. Zoo architects adapted an existing ravine to provide a Continue reading Throwback Thursday

Anniversary plans halted

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 Continue reading Anniversary plans halted

International experts visit

DZG’s Tectons were put in the spotlight as we welcomed world-renowned architectural and heritage experts for an international conference. Members of the International Scientific Committee on Twentieth-century heritage (ISC20C), which is part of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) held their two-day convention here last month. Zoo Director Derek Grove, said:“It was a Continue reading International experts visit

Carlo's an angel!

The innovative restoration work of DZG’s iconic Tectons has been recognised at a glittering London awards ceremony. Construction Supervisor, Carlo Diponio, has been named as the winner of the outstanding contribution to heritage category of the Historic England Angel Awards following his role in our £1.15m Heritage Lottery funded project to repair four of the Continue reading Carlo’s an angel!