DZG response to Born Free report

Let’s remember that Born Free’s ultimate aim is to close ALL zoos, and thus any report has to be viewed within such limited confines.

Where reference is made to DZG it is based on highly selective and, in parts, ill-informed data; information that would have been readily checked had Born Free contacted DZG.

During a live BBC networked-radio discussion in 2010 DZG bosses invited Born Free Executive Director, Will Travers, to work with the zoo community for the benefit of in-situ and ex-situ conservation; the offer was never accepted.

As founder members of BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums), members of EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) and WAZA (World Association of Zoos and Aquariums) DZG fully complies to and wholly supports the Zoo Licensing Act. 

Our 2010 Zoo Inspection (a legal requirement every three years) carried out by a team made up of international zoo licensing officials and our annual inspection by DMBC (December 2011) both offered a clean bill of health.

DZG CEO Peter Suddock, said “UK zoos are of the highest standard and our stringent zoo licensing inspection is regarded as the model to be rolled out across Europe.

“More than 24 million people visit zoos each year in the UK – a higher figure than attend Football League matches.

“Most Bank Holiday Mondays a handful of animal rights campaigners position themselves at entrances to various zoos across the country. They anger visitors and irritate queuing members of the public. No doubt this latest Born Free report has been timed to create greatest impact.”

He added: “Zoos play an educational role at all levels from pre-school to PhD and also offer a fun day out for all the family.”

At Dudley Zoological Gardens we have 200,000-plus visitors annually through the gates, a figure we have seen grow steadily year-on-year, despite the current economic climate

“It’s their choice to be a DZG visitor and we are immensely grateful for their loyalty.”

We’re getting it right . . .

Staff are celebrating a 22 per cent increase in visitor numbers for January to March 2012 compared to last year’s figures

CEO?Peter Suddock said:?”Given the current economic climate this is fantastic news.

Mr Suddock added:?”We have had a wonderful start to 2012 and with Easter just around the corner we look set for a marvellous 75th anniversary year.”