Safari Shop’s temporary home

Restoration work on some of the site’s Tecton buildings has prompted a temporary relocation of the Safari Shop.

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As repair work is currently underway on the large shop area at the entrance of the zoo site, staff have moved the shop’s contents and sign – pictured above – to the unit adjacent to the chairlift, allowing visitors the opportunity to continue buying souvenirs of their day out at DZG.

Visitor Services Manager, Adrian Pace, said: “The shop move is only temporary while the renovation work is completed and we are hoping to move back by Easter 2014.

“We hope customers will bear with us during this time, but despite the smaller space inside the provisional shop, we still have plenty of things for sale, from stationery, toys, cuddlies and sweets, to the new 2014 DZG calendar!”

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The work on the Safari Shop is part of a Heritage Lottery Funded programme to repair and renovate four of the site’s iconic Tecton structures, which also includes the Bear Ravine, Kiosk One and the Front Entrance.

The Tecton structures were designed by Modernist architect Berthold Lubetkin and constructed between 1935 and 1937 using reinforced concrete – a pioneering system at the time.

Today DZG has the world’s largest single collection of Tecton buildings and in 2009 all 12 structures received World Monuments Fund status, alongside Machu Picchu and the Taj Mahal.