Tourism celebrations continue

Our English Tourism Week celebrations are continuing here at DZG. 

Over the last few days hundreds of you have claimed our exclusive Facebook ‘bring a friend for free’ offer, which allows free entry for a guest to explore DZG until Sunday.  

And there’s also just a few days left to send us your photographs of visitors enjoying their day out at DZG, for a chance to win an adoption pack of Kito, our newborn Rothschild’s giraffe. 

CEO Peter Suddock, said: “We’re proud supporters of English Tourism Week. Tourism is vitally important to the country’s economy and DZG plays a key role in that by bringing in thousands of visitors from across the country to the West Midlands each year. “

The weeklong celebratory national event, which runs until April 6, aims to showcase the diversity and quality of the UK’s tourism industry and there’s nothing quite as diverse as DZG.

Mr Suddock added: “We’re a totally unique attraction. Where else can you find an 11th century castle, surrounded by some of the rarest animals on the planet, on a 40-acre hillside, which incorporates the single biggest collection of Tecton architecture in the world?”

Continued investment in animal collections and across the site has resulted in year-on-year increases in visitor numbers for DZG, with 264,000 people flocking through the turnstiles in 2013 alone.

Mr Suddock said: “These are exciting times with plenty of things to come so we look forward to welcoming lots more visitors in the future.”

Why not come and celebrate English Tourism Week with us and explore DZG yourself this week with our ‘bring a friend for free’ offer. Simply like us on Facebook and download the voucher.

There’s also an opportunity to tell us about your visit by helping Presenter Becky Iwahashi – pictured above with blue and gold macaw, Charlie – fill in our DZG display in the Discovery Centre, where you can also find out more about English Tourism Week.

And don’t forget to send in your photography competition entries for your chance to adopt baby Kito, as we try and find the best snaps of DZG visitors enjoying a day at the zoo from the last seven decades…we’ve already had some great entries!

Email your photos to and at the end of the week we’ll pick our favourite, before displaying some of the pictures online. 

Please make sure you include your contact details and an approximate date when the photograph was taken.