Zoo’s name in lights!

We’re set to have our name in lights after receiving £50,000 council funding.

A brand new lighting system has been added to our iconic listed Tecton wave entrance thanks to the Towns Fund accelerator grant awarded to Dudley Council to improve the street scene along Castle Hill as part of the town’s major regeneration plans.

The lights, designed to sympathetically illuminate the 20th century structure in white, will switch on for the first time on Friday evening, however the scheme will also allow us to take part in national celebration days as we can change its colour for various occasions.

Zoo Director Derek Grove, said: “I’m delighted that further funding has been made available to reveal the significance of this important Tecton Structure, one of twelve located within the grounds of the zoo. This project builds upon the investment that has been made by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Getty Foundation.”

The lighting also complements the featured scheme installed on a number of historic buildings in the nearby town centre in 2017.

Dudley Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise, Councillor Simon Phipps, said: “Dudley Zoo and Castle is one of the town’s greatest assets and I’m delighted we’ve been able to invest a slice of the Towns Fund accelerator money to put its iconic entrance in lights.

“The investment, along with the other improvements along Castle Hill and in the town centre, will complement our major regeneration programme and breathe new life into this area, which will remain one of the main links between the town centre and the new developments taking place.”