We had a wonderful time welcoming families to DZG during our special Dream Night held especially for chronically ill and disabled youngsters.
We extended a VIP invitation to local children in the care of hospices, hospitals and charities and their families and more than 350 people dodged the rain showers to join us on site for the free afterhours event, which takes place at attractions around the world on the first Friday evening in June.
DZG staff gave up their own time to make the evening memorable for visitors, who were able to make enrichment for our capuchins and meerkats, ride on the fun fair, watch additional sealion and penguin feeds and take part in Horrible History sessions.
Firefighters from Dudley Fire Station also came on site to show our families their emergency vehicle and guests were treated to a children’s entertainer and free refreshments in the Queen Mary Restaurant.
Zoo Director Derek Grove, said: “This was the second year we’ve held a Dream Night and it was another fabulous night. Despite the weather it was a great pleasure to welcome so many families to the zoo and we’ve had some lovely feedback from parents.”
A zookeeper from Rotterdam Zoo came up with the idea of Dream Night – an evening for children who can’t be exposed to large crowds due to a weakened immune system, or who need special care that makes outings difficult – back in 1996 and since then it’s snowballed into a global event.