Celebrating 10 years of flights!

It’s been ten years this week since our chairlift flew back into action, reintroducing a whole new generation of fliers to the popular attraction. Following a Heritage Lottery grant back in 2012, we were able to re-open the passenger-carrying aerial after an absence of ten years and during the past decade it’s taken thousands more […]

We have lift-off!

Our vintage chairlift is ready for lift-off after undergoing its annual inspection. Following thorough checks, independent assessors have given DZG the all-clear for another year so the popular ride will be up and running this weekend. Over the last couple of days our site maintenance team have been busy re-installing the 41 numbered seats back […]

Chairlift’s annual assessment

We’re awaiting the arrival of independent assessors to carry out the annual safety check of our popular chairlift. All 41 numbered chairs have been removed by our site maintenance team in readiness for the forthcoming inspection, which will also include examining the ride’s mechanisms and steel rope. Zoo Manager, Matt Lewis, said: “The inspectors will […]

Chairlift training exercise

Our passenger-carrying chairlift provided the ideal scenario for rope rescue training for West Midlands Fire Service’s Technical Rescue Unit. During a staged incident involving the team from Wednesbury Fire Station, DZG’s Curator Richard Brown, pretended to be stuck on the chairlift, before being rescued and lowered to the ground by the team. White Watch Crew Commander, […]

Five years of flight!

We’re marking the fifth anniversary of our re-launched chairlift today! Following a £117,000 Heritage Lottery grant, we re-opened the passenger-carrying aerial ropeway on August 24, 2012 after being out of use for more than a decade and it’s remained as popular as ever. Zoo Manager Matt Lewis, said: “The chairlift first opened in May 1958 […]

Eagle eyed, Emma!

Customer Services Team Member, Emma Dingley, is using her time operating the chairlift to help survey the site’s native birds. In between helping visitors on and off the two-minute vintage aerial ride, Emma is keeping an eagle eye out for feathered friends. DZG Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson, said: “We have lots of native wildlife on […]

Recycling purchases birthday gift!

Birthday boy, Margaash, is looking forward to a new scratching post after keepers recycled the old chairlift rope to raise funds! The snow leopard, who is seven today, loves playing with the heavy duty rope, as do our Sumatran tigers and Carpathian lynx, which keepers wrap around wooden posts in their enclosures. Following the recent replacement […]

Up, up and away!

It’s up, up and away again for our vintage chairlift, which is flying back into action this weekend after having a new rope fitted. Experts have spent the last week on site replacing more than 180 metres of engineered steel rope, which holds the aerial ride’s 41 chairs. Zoo Manager, Matt Lewis, said: “It was a […]

Checks grounds chairlift

DZG’s popular chairlift is currently grounded as it undergoes its yearly safety check. As part of the annual MOT, all 41 numbered chairs have been removed to await inspection by independent assessors. Site Service Manager, Malcolm Clements, said: “We have to remove all the chairs and then a number of them are randomly chosen to […]