New gates for Sealion Pool

New steel gates have been hoisted into place in the Sealion Pool as part of on-going renovation work.


The specially-made galvanized steel gates replace the former wooden barrier and were fitted by specialist Michael Tupman from Bewdley, pictured above with Ungulates Section Leader, Jay Haywood.

Assistant Curator Richard Brown said the old wooden gate needed replacing and the sturdy new barrier would make it easier for staff to move 26-year-old Patagonian sealion Cleo into the salt-pooled area.


The gates get lifted into place.

He said: “The gate allows the keepers to segregate Cleo so she can take her daily dip in the salt water area.

“It will also be used to keep her in one section when we need to carry out her health checks.”

The DZG Tecton team are carrying out the rest of the renovation work on the Sealion Pool.

Construction Supervisor Carlo Diponio is working alongside specialist concrete repairer Martin Baker and apprentices Aaron Gelder and Nathan Beaman, to return the curvy construction to its former glory.

DZG Senior Curator Derek Grove said: “Work on the left side of the Sealion Pool including the den, ramp and diving platform is close to completion.”

The team will then move to the right side of the pool – home to Cleo, pictured below – who will then be transferred to the newly-renovated section.


The Modernist structure is set in the original moat of 11th century Dudley Castle, at the heart of the zoo, and divided into two pools for ease of maintenance and husbandry.

DZG has the world’s largest single collection of Tectons – 12 Modernist buildings constructed between 1935 and the zoo’s opening in May 1937, which were designed by Russian architect, Berthold Lubetkin, and awarded World Monument status in 2009.