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Dudley Zoological Gardens

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A unique zoo dedicated to conservation and home to lots of rare and endangered species

Just over 30 minutes from Birmingham is Dudley Zoological Gardens, a unique wildlife centre that houses around 1300 animals and is located in the grounds of an 11th Century castle!

Dudley Zoological Gardens sits in the grounds of the converted Dudley Castle and is home to some of the rarest animals in the world, plus runs conservation and breeding programmes.

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Just some of the endangered animals living at the zoo include Sumatran tigers, Tibetan red pandas and Rothschild giraffes, plus the largest parent-reared colony of Humboldt penguins in the UK.

You can also meet a heap of different mammals, including camels, bears, ferrets, kangaroos, meerkats and even reindeers! There are a number of primates houses at the zoo such as spider monkeys, lemurs, baboons and chimpanzees.

Image: Dudley Zoological Gardens Facebook page

There are daily activities in which you can learn lots of information about local and exotic species, plus a daily feeding and talk schedule, including sea lions, meerkats and penguins! There’s also a farmyard with goats, pigs, chickens, geese, cows and rabbits.

Image: Dudley Zoological Gardens Facebook page

Along with animal exhibits, talks and feeding times, you can also catch the Go Wild! Theatre show or catch the Birds of Prey Show – learn how the African spotted eagle owl and ferruginous buzzard were used for hunting during medieval times.

Dudley Zoological Gardens holds regular, family-friendly events including an annual charity walk in May, and the Barnardo’s Big Toddle in June, which is a short, sponsored walk for toddlers that raises money for Barnardo’s with the UK’s most vulnerable children under five years. Also in June is the Under 5s Day Picnic Party, a two-day party in June 2018 for the youngest members of the family! Come along and enjoy a fancy-dress parade, animal encounters, bouncy castle and face painting and grab a goody bag!

If you or the kids are interested in learning more about taking care of the animals, you can take part in the Zoo Keeper experience program, which is available for children aged 8 to 13 years, and for teens and adults aged 14 and over. The Zoo Keeper and Little Zoo Keeper experiences will take you behind the scenes to see how the zoo works and you will help to clean, feed and care for the animals.

For little kids who are simply crazy about animals, the zoo offers birthday parties! Parties last for two hours and meet some of the zoo animals, followed by party games and delicious food. Parties start from £12 per child and include admission fees, activity bags, birthday invitations and party food.

Image: Dudley Zoological Gardens Facebook page

Dudley Zoological Gardens is a fantastic place to meet some rare, exotic and local animals and is a great family day out for all. If you'd like to read about more family activities in Birmingham, read on here.

Essential Information
Dudley Zoological Gardens
Address: Tipton Road, Dudley DY1 4SQ
Phone: 01384 215313
Opening hours: Open daily (except Christmas Day) at 10am
Cost of entry: Adults £15, children aged 3 to 15 years £9.50, concessions £13, children under 3 years FREE
Website: http://www.dudleyzoo.org.uk

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