DZG was praised by VisitEngland chairman Lady Cobham and CEO James Berresford yesterday as they viewed recent developments across the 40-acre site.
Mr Berresford said: “We see DZG as a real example which other attractions across the country can follow. It is an excellent, top quality attraction which has improved vastly over recent years due to thoughtful investment and good management.”
Lady Cobham said: “Holding on to its historic buildings and structures, the zoo has still managed to improve the environment for its animals and visitors it does this fantastically well, and its team are true ambassadors for tourism.”
VIP TOUR INCLUDED . . .
Tigers a unique chance to see two highly endangered tigresses (Amur and Sumatran) at play in the site’s original Tecton enclosure
Penguin Bay a £40,000 walkthrough experience offering visitors a chance to get close to the site’s 70-strong group the UK’s largest colony of parent reared rare Humboldt penguins
Reptile House opened last month by TV wildlife presenter Mike Dilger following a £15,000 refurbishment programme
Chairlift the country’s only vintage chairlift it was the first passenger-carrying aerial ropeway to be installed in England,and transports visitors from the zoos lower zone to the 11th century Dudley Castle on the upper level, within a two-minute journey, offering panoramic views across Sandwell to Birmingham, and travelling directly over flamingoes, primates and rare breed sheep grazing on the banks
Finance for the £117,000 refurbishment project was via a £1.2million bid for Heritage Lottery Funding, which will also see the restoration of four of the sites 12 listed Modernist structures which form part of the worlds