Summer at DZC

Go Wild at Dudley Zoo with all the family this Summer!
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Hundreds of exotic and endangered animals inhabit a 40 acre ancient wooded hillside around the ruins of the 11th century Dudley Castle. Come face to face with free roaming lemurs, feed Rainbow lorikeets, meet friends on the farm and look out for ghosts in the 11th century castle.

There’s plenty of opportunities to Go Wild at Dudley Zoo! Find out more on what we have to offer below!

Each week during the summer school holidays, we’ll be hosting a different celebratory day with focused games, fundraising activities and information stands. These events will not only shine the spotlight on some of our fantastic animal ambassadors here at DZC, but also raise awareness about some of the vital conservation programmes around the globe which we support.

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ORANGUTAN ENCLOSURE

Spot our little Bornean orangutans, Jim and Joe learning the ropes in their outdoor enclosure, under the watchful eyes of Jazz, Sprout and dad, Djimat.
And don’t forget to say hello to Benji too!

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LORIKEET LOOKOUT

Experience these magnificent rainbow-coloured birds landing on you while they drink nectar in their indoor walkthrough exhibit.

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FARMYARD FUN

Our Farm and Barn offer young visitors a chance to get really close to a range of farmyard favourites including pygmy goats, micro-pigs, guinea pigs and rabbits. And if the weatherʼs not so good pop in the farm barn to see a wide variety of smaller critters!

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HELGA THE WOLVERINE

See Helga the Wolverine! Helga is the first ever Wolverine here at DZC and she lives in one of the Zooʼs 1930ʼs Tecton enclosures opposite the Snow Leopards, where she loves scrambling up her tall climbing frame.

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LINNE’S TWO-TOED SLOTHS

Reggie, Flo and Button, our adorable sloth family are one of the most popular species at DZC and have just welcomed their second baby! Reggie has always been a firm favourite since his arrival in 2019. Flo arrived to meet her boyfriend in 2021 and sheʼs certainly made an impression on Reggie, as he gave up his favourite box for her! It must be love!

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RED PANDAS

Spot our red pandas exploring their new-look exhibit, which includes a new climbing frame, new nest boxes and an indoor den with public viewing. New male, Carko, arrived back in May as part of a European Endangered Species breeding Programme (EEP) and is settling in alongside resident female, Ember.

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FLAMINGO FALLS

The flamingos are one of our most popular animals on site and have been a staple feature at the zooʼs entrance for many years! Their enclosure includes a running waterfall and a big den with a internal viewing area, where visitors are still able to see colourful birds even when theyʼre off show outside due to the weather!

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‘OW BIN YA’ SANDS

Complete with 80 tonnes of sand, the beach is situated just outside the Castle grounds and will stay in place for the whole summer. Ow Bin Ya Sands is in a super spot, in the shadows of Dudley Castle and overlooking the town. Itʼs fun and different to enjoy throughout the summer and hopefully puts you in that wonderful holiday mood. Thereʼs also plenty of picnic benches and a Beach Hut kiosk to enjoy an ice cream or two!

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CASSOWARY PADDOCK

Zeus, the Southern Cassowary is causing quite a stir amongst our visitors. Apparently heʼs considered as one of the closest living relatives to dinosaurs, but his long talons, a helmeted head plate and powerful legs make him a force to be reckoned with!

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LEMUR WOOD

Lemur Wood is a one-acre walkthrough experience where you can meet more than 30 free-roaming black-and-white/ringed tail/collared lemurs. Learn about DZCʼs conservation programmes in Madagascar for these enigmatic creatures.

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WALLABY WALKTHROUGH

Get close to these mini marsupials in our walkthrough enclosure – but youʼll have to be quick as they move very fast!

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BIRDS OF PREY

Our daily birds of prey displays in the courtyard allow visitors to see these magnificent birds as they were used in medieval times for hunting. See an African spotted eagle owl, ferruginous buzzard, great grey and Magellan horned owls fly from the castle walls.

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CASTLE CREATURES

An interactive medieval experience featuring live animals in the 11th century Castle. The exhibit, at the heart of DZC, tells the story of the Earl of Dudleyʼs family and explains the history of the castle. It also houses a series of animal exhibits showing how medieval folk lived in close proximity with species, such as rats and bats, as part of everyday life.

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ADVENTURE PLAYGROUNDS

For our younger visitors – visit our playgrounds either by the camels, opposite the Safari gift shop, on the Queen Mary Lawn – or all three! From slides, to monkey bars, thereʼs so much choice and it gives the youngsters something new to explore and burn off that extra energy!

PLUS THERE’S MUCH MORE TO SEE!
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