We’ve had a great time celebrating English Tourism Week.
More than 500 of you claimed last week’s exclusive Facebook seven-day offer to bring a friend for free to explore our 40-acre site and discover some of the world’s rarest animals, right here in the heart of the country.
And we had some fab photographs from visitors enjoying their day on site for our competition to win an adoption pack of Kito, our newborn Rothschild’s giraffe.
And after careful consideration our winner is Jamie Whitehouse, from Bilston, following his entry of his four-year-old niece, Ruby Owen – pictured right – taking a ride on the elephant sculpture at the entrance to the 11th century Dudley Castle, when he visited DZG for the first time in over a decade last month with Ruby and his girlfriend, Jessica.
Well done Jamie and Ruby! An adoption pack is in the post and we hope you come and visit Kito soon!
CEO Peter Suddock, said: “DZG is a truly unique attraction, which appeals to visitors of all ages from across the country and overseas.
“We’ve been proud to fly the flag for English Tourism Week and have been delighted to see so many people on site over the last week to help celebrate it with us.
“We have lots of exciting things happening on site at the moment and continued investment in animal collections and restoration of the site’s historical Tecton maintains DZG’s position as one of the busiest zoo’s in the country.”
During the week visitors have also been telling us what about their DZG memories and what they love most about their days on site by helping fill in a display board in the Discovery Centre – pictured below with Presenter Becky Iwahashi and blue and gold macaw, Charlie.
Memories added to the display include seeing the polar bears as a child, overcoming a fear of heights by riding the chairlift, enjoying a ride on the elephant to having a squirrel monkey climb up their leg!
While other visitors have been telling us about their favourite DZG animal, with the snow leopards, Kito, orangutans, Orry and our Asiatic lions all proving to be popular!
And there’s still time to add your memories to the board by visiting the education centre.
A big thank you for all your entries for our DZG visitor photography competition. Here are just some of the pictures we received