Checks grounds chairlift

DZG’s popular chairlift is currently grounded as it undergoes its yearly safety check.

As part of the annual MOT, all 41 numbered chairs have been removed to await inspection by independent assessors.

Site Service Manager, Malcolm Clements, said: “We have to remove all the chairs and then a number of them are randomly chosen to be fully inspected and x-rayed to ensure they’re  fit to run for another 12 months.”

Inspectors also have to check the ride’s mechanics and rope which carries the chairs over our gelada baboons and Sulawesi crested macaques, before giving the all-clear to re-attach the chairs for lift off.

Since re-opening almost five years ago, thanks to £117, 000 Heritage Lottery funding, thousands of visitors have enjoyed the two-minute ride from the lower zoo to the upper section, which offers panoramic views of the Midlands.

It is hoped the chairlift will be back in the air in time for the Easter holidays.