Dream Night

It was a Dream Night for hundreds of children as DZG hosted its first exclusive evening for chronically ill and disabled youngsters.

More than 800 youngsters in the care of hospices, hospitals and charities came to the zoo with their families for the very special after hours event called Dream Night.

Staff from the zoo gave up their own time to welcome the children to the memorable event where they could meet and feed our animals, ride on the fun fair and watch a children’s entertainer in action.

Police and fire service staff also came on site to greet our special visitors and show them around their emergency vehicles.

Zoo Director Derek Grove said: “It was an absolute pleasure to welcome so many youngsters to our first Dream Night, which was a huge success. It was also a very rewarding night for our staff who generously gave up their own time.

“We had such wonderful feedback from parents whose children loved the event and they enjoyed it themselves, as it gave them chance to meet other families in similar situations.”

The idea of Dream Night came from a zookeeper in Rotterdam Zoo back in 1996 and it has grown over the years into an international zoo event. It is now recognised across the globe and takes place on the first Friday in June.