Life-size steel models of a giraffe and other animals will form part of a stunning new DZG entrance due to be completed this September.
Zoo Director Derek Grove said the artistic approach, shown in the graphic above, will make a striking impression as visitors enter our award-winning attraction.
A total of five galvanised steel sculptures, created by artist Tim Roper from Bridgnorth, will lead people into the zoo from the improved car park which is now nearing completion.
The sculptures, shown as sketches below, include a 15ft giraffe, an orang utan, a tiger, a sea lion and a crocodile.
Derek said: “The giraffe sculpture will be positioned at the base of a new ramp and will direct visitors from the new-look car park to our Safari Shop entrance.
“The other sculptures will then lead people from the shop out into the zoo itself.
“The new approach will make an excellent first impression as people enter the zoo and will better reflect our professional organisation.”
The bulk of the work to resurface and landscape the car park is due to be finished by the end of July and the handcrafted sculptures will be installed in September.
Renovation work on the car park includes the addition of safe access paths and a new tourist trail route which links DZG to the Black Country Museum and Dudley Canal Trust.
The car park and sculpture project is being funded jointly by DZG, Dudley Council, the European Regional Development Fund and a Local Enterprise Partnership.
The zoo’s iconic wave Entrance, Safari Shop, Bear Ravine and Kiosk One have already been wonderfully restored to their 1930’s glory thanks to a £1.15 million project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands.
Some of the turnstiles in the iconic ‘wave’ Entrance, pictured above, are still used in good weather, at weekends and Bank Holidays.