DZG book launch

88A double book celebrating the animals and buildings at DZG has been launched.

The two-in-one work outlines conservation and research at the Castle Hill site alongside the history of the world’s largest collection of Tecton buildings.

Conservation and Research at DZG: Making Time for the World’s Rarest Animals was penned by Registrar and Research Co-ordinator Dr David Beeston of Birmingham, DZG writer Jill Hitchman, of Shropshire and Native Species Co-ordinator Ian Hughes, of Lanarth, Wales.

Towers and Tectons: A View from the Hill was written by Jill Hitchman, who also designed and edited the 160-page coffee table book.

Illustrations are by award-winning photographers Paul Bishop, of Lower Gornal, and Phil Riley, of Stourbridge.

DZG Chairman, Cllr Davd Sparks, OBE said: “This book is absolutely fantastic.

“The unique combination of zoology, geology, archaeology, botany, history and architecture is all there.

“This treasure trove is brought to life in an easy-to-read format.

“Dudley Zoo and Castle is clearly positioned as a major resource for conservation.

“The book will be a firm foundation on which to develop this role into the 21st century.”

CEO Peter Suddock, said: “The books showcase two very different aspects of DZG.

Towers and Tectons at DZG priced £15 is available by calling 01384 215313. It is also available at Waterstone’s bookstores.

Proceeds from the book will go towards DZG’s Madagascar Campaign to help lemurs in the wild. 

CAPTION: Write on! (from left) Registrar and Research Co-ordinator Dr David Beeston, author Jill Hitchman and Native Species Co-ordinator Ian Hughes take a look at the new book.