Hip, hip, hooray, we’re 80 today!

Three cheers for DZG as we turn 80 today!

We’ve got a day of celebrations planned as we mark the zoo’s past, present and future.

Zoo Director, Derek Grove, said: “When DZG first opened on May 6,1937 it was declared the most modern zoo in Europe and people got to see animals they’d only ever read about in books.

“For 80 years we’ve welcomed millions of visitors on site who have enjoyed seeing and learning more about our incredible species and there are many familiar faces who have grown up with us and made special memories with their family and friends here.

“DZG is proud to be part of the region’s rich history and we’re proud to know it’s part of yours.

“Over the last eight decades there have been lots of changes and improvements to the zoo as we continue to expand and improve the facilities for the animals and visitors.

“Our anniversary appeal is to raise money for a new outdoor area for our critically endangered Bornean orangutans, with all money raised from the charity walk going towards this important project. 

“We’d like to thank everyone who has supported our mission to create a better future for wildlife and hope we can continue inspiring future generations for the next 80 years.

“Extinction is not an option and together we can make a real difference.”

Come and join the fun…

Our Take a Walk on the Wild Side fundraising walk kicks off at 11am as more than 200 participants will help us raise money towards our orangutan enclosure appeal.

Then at 2pm we’ll be turning back the clock and partying in the castle courtyard as we welcome retro singers, The Glamophones, to DZG to entertain visitors in style.

There’ll be a display of zoo memorabilia and we’ll be handing out birthday cake too!