Past and future celebrations

We’re gearing up for our 80th anniversary and inviting you to help DZG celebrate the past and fundraise for the future.

On Saturday, May 6 – our actual opening day – we’re encouraging visitors to Walk on the Wild Side and join our sponsored walk in aid of our Bornean orangutan enclosure appeal, as we’re aiming to build a separate outdoor exhibit for our critically endangered great apes, at a cost of £800,000.

We’ll be turning back the clock and inviting supporters to dress to impress in 1930s / 1940s gear or fancy dress for the 5km fundraiser around the 40-acre site, before joining us for a party in the castle courtyard, where there’ll be birthday cake and entertainment by vocal harmony singers, The Glamophones, as well as a display of zoo memories from the last eight decades.

Zoo Director Derek Grove, said: “DZG has changed so much in 80 years and we’ve got lots to celebrate.

“But we’ve always relied on the support of our loyal visitors and hope they’ll get behind our anniversary appeal to provide a new home for our orangs, Benji, Jorong, Jazz and Sprout by signing up for the walk.

“There is no minimum sponsorship requirement, but we’re encouraging everyone to raise at least £50 and every penny will be put towards the work, with the aim to start within three years.”

To register for Walk on the Wild Side call 01384 215313 or sign up HERE.

You can even set up your own JustGiving page by clicking the link below…