Dudley Zoo Set To Support English Tourism Week

The weeklong national event, which runs from March 25th to April 2nd, celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of England’s visitor attractions.

With hundreds of the world’s rarest animals, an 11th century castle at the heart and a collection of listed Modernist structures, there’s nothing quite as diverse as Dudley Zoo which has been attracting visitors since 1937. Zoo Director, Derek Grove, said:

“Dudley Zoo has been at the forefront of the West Midlands tourist industry for 80 years and has played its part in boosting the region’s economy by £1.2 billion pounds.

"We continue to invest in the animal collection with new additions including a giant anteater, Azara’s agoutis, bush dogs, rainbow lorikeets and a snow leopard, who are all proving popular with visitors.

“While recent redevelopments to the site have enhanced visitor experiences and resulted in record breaking numbers over the last few years, rising from under 165,000 a decade ago to 310,000 in 2016, which was a 30 year high for the zoo.”

Investment is continuing in earnest as bosses carry out a £295,000 restoration programme this year to modernise a number of older enclosures across the 40-acre site, including replacing the existing Farm Barn, three parrot aviaries and capuchin enclosure, as well as extending the snow leopard and Carpathian lynx enclosures. Derek added:

“The work will provide additional space for the species and give visitors the chance to get even closer to them, so there’ll be lots of new things for people to come back and explore.

"We’re welcoming back people who have visited as children, parents and now they’re grandparents and the memories of these special zoo days are forming part of their own family history.

“It’s always lovely to hear their stories and recollections and the ability of the tourist economy to generate these shared family memories is one that shouldn’t be underestimated.”


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