Record Easter numbers!

We’re celebrating our best Easter for decades, with a record attendance of 4,266 visitors on Good Friday.

Visitor numbers throughout the 10-day holiday period topped 27,000 and additional events were laid on to cope with the crowds.   dzg_new_shop_2_web   CEO Peter Suddock said: “We have had an incredible Easter period so far, and we still have a few days of school holidays left which will boost numbers further.   “There was much interest in our newly-restored Tecton structures – the entrance and Safari Shop (pictured above) – and we had lots of compliments about our new car park which makes it so much easier for families to access the site directly from their vehicles.   dzg_new_shop_2_web  

“But above all people came from across the UK to enjoy a fantastic day out at one of the country’s best loved zoos.”

dzg_new_shop_2_web   dzg_new_shop_2_web   One of the highlights of the weekend was the donation of a giant cake from newly-launched Oak Furniture Land, at Merry Hill.    The store commissioned cake designer, Annabel de Vetten,of Cakebomb to create a confectionery masterpiece of Sumatran tigress, Daseep’s head.   dzg_new_shop_2_web   Mr Suddock added: “The cake was just amazing and we handed out more than 100 slices to visitors at our Teatime with the Tigers talk.”   Elsewhere across site new arrivals included seven-week-old male Rothschild’s giraffe, Kito, a week-old golden-breasted capuchin monkey in the Small Primate House and a clutch of Easter chicks and ducklings, plus five giant English rabbits on the Farm.   Easter events included egg hunts and craft workshops, plus themed talks and feeds.  

Mr Suddock said: “We’ve had a truly cracking Easter and I’d like to say a big thank you from everyone at DZG for the fantastic support we have seen throughout the holidays.”