Dudley Zoo & Castle reopening “great news” for our community

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Sulawesi crested macaque at Dudley Zoo

Following the nationwide introduction of lock-down measures to help reduce the spread of Covid-19, Dudley Zoo & Castle, like all other zoos and safari parks, saw its income disappear overnight.  

With over 1300 animals to feed and care for – ranging from Arctic Fox and Snow Leopard, to Flamingo and Chimpanzee – the zoo made public the difficulties it was facing in covering the cost of caring for its animals. Particularly as, by their nature, zoos were not able to shut down and furlough their workforces as many other businesses were able to do.  

Mike Wood MP was contacted by the Director of DZC (Dudley Zoo & Castle), asking for his support in calling on Government to provide zoos with the opportunity to reopen, with social distancing measures in place, as soon as possible. 

Mike was pleased to confirm to Derek Grove, Director of DZC, that he had already been in touch with Ministers and called on them to allow the reopening of zoos, and that he had received a response saying, in part, that “Ministers… had been engaging with the main industry association, the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), and with individual zoos about the best way forward, also taking expert advice from DEFRA's Zoos Expert Committee”. 

It was with great joy to all that, just a few days later, it was announced that zoos and safari parks would be allowed to open again from 15th June – with social distancing measures in place.  

Mike said, “Dudley Zoo is really important to local families and I am delighted that Ministers have listened, and acted to make sure zoos can reopen.  

“This is great news and now the zoo needs the community's support. They need local people to book tickets and visit the zoo, so they can recover financially and secure the zoos future - protecting the many animals they care for."

DZC have confirmed that much work has already been done to make the site suitable for reopening with social distancing in place. They will use the days leading up to 15th June to make the final preparations.  

A list of frequently asked questions, along with a pre-booking procedure, can now be found on the zoo’s website at https://www.dudleyzoo.org.uk/plan-your-visit/we-will-be-opening-again-soon/

Dudley Zoo is really important to local families and I am delighted that Ministers have listened, and acted to make sure zoos can reopen.

This is great news and now the zoo needs the community's support. They need the public to visit the zoo, and book tickets, in order to recover financially and secure the zoos future, protecting the many animals they care for.