Come catch ’em all!

We’re hosting our first Pokémon Friday today with gamers welcome to visit DZG and catch ‘em all!

We’ve discovered DZG is home to nine Pokéstops around the zoo’s 40-acre site and the 11th century Dudley Castle in the heart of the zoological gardens is a gym in the viral mobile app game.

And to celebrate the virtual critters we’ve spotted across the site – including on pathways and even in walkthrough enclosures – we’re inviting gamers to visit DZG at a reduced admission rate every Friday throughout this month – with adult entry at £10.25 and children £7.25.

To gain the Pokémon reduction players need to PRINT off and hand in THIS VOUCHER, which admits up to four people.

And to aid gamers on their hunt, we’ve made up posters to identify where each of the Pokémon hotspots are – so keep an eye out as you walk around the site.

And we’ve apparently got plenty of the creatures on site all ready for catching, including Aerodactyl, Kabuto and Omanyte, which are fossil pokemon.

DZG Presenter Langan Turner, pictured above, said: “These three in particular are all based on real fossils, Aerodactyl from pterodactyls, Omantye from ammonites and Kabuto from the trilobites (pictured left), and for them to appear here at a world famous fossil site, I don’t think is a coincidence!”

Pokémon rules…

  • Do not cross barriers or enter animal enclosures.

  • Keep hold of your phone or tablet – it will be a bit tricky to rescue them in one piece from a curious Sumatran tiger or an inquisitive ring-tailed lemur!

  • Watch where you’re walking, particularly on our hilly pathways and steep stairs and be mindful to other visitors who may not be visiting DZG to play Pokémon Go.

  • And most importantly, remember to discover more about some of the world’s real and rarest animals here at DZG. We’ve got over 200 different species, as well as the virtual ones, so please take time to learn about some of the conservation projects we’re involved in!