We had a fab Bank Holiday Monday with more than 3,750 visitors on site!
And we also saw this year’s 200,000th visitor officially open Humboldt Highway, a new £30,000 high-level timber walkway linking Penguin Bay and the upper road adjacent to the recently-refurbished Reptile House. CEO Peter Suddock, said: “We had a great day with lots of visitors enjoying the animals and sunshine and a fantastic atmosphere across the whole site. “We were delighted when our 200,000th visitor accepted the invitation to officially open Humboldt Highway which has replaced a set of very steep 1937 steps and will provide easy access for visitors, particularly parents with children in buggies.” Shropshire family, Karl and Sharon Young and their daughters, Mia, aged 15, Ruby, 14, and eleven-year-old Matilda, of Claverley, cut the ribbon across the walkway with CEO Peter Suddock pictured above before enjoying their day at the zoo, complete with a complimentary adoption pack for a rare Humboldt penguin as a thank you from zoo staff. Mr Suddock added: “The walkway is part of our ongoing developments which have already seen more than three quarters of a million pounds spent on site in the past 18 months.
“Our future’s looking incredibly good with major programmes beginning next month; these are exciting times for DZG.”
* Penguin Bay £40,000 walkthrough experience with glass viewing panels at poolside, plus beach opened May 2012
* Refurbishment of country’s only vintage chairlift, £117,000, opened August 2012.
* £200,000 new offices, 2,650 sq ft complex includes space for Administration, Finance, Research, Visitor Services and Marketing staff, plus a conference room and archive department opened January 2013
* Reptile House opened by TV wildlife presenter Mike Dilger following £15,000 refurbishment in April 2013
* £7,000 refurbishment and extension to triple aviaries launched May 2013
* New £2,000 reindeer shed with viewing panel opened July 2013
* Resurfacing / repairs to roadways across 40-acre site Phase I £330,000 completed July 2013
* Baboons on the Bank a £20,000 enclosure for Gelada baboons adjacent to chairlift opened August 2013
* Construction of £30,000 walkway between Penguin Bay and Reptile House opened August 2013
Further developments 2013/14
* Work begins on new entrance and car park * Phase 2 resurfacing / repairs to roadways at entrance * Tecton restoration: Phase I Entrance & Safari Shop, Phase II Bear Ravine & Kiosk One * Makeover of Farm * Extension to great ape