Dudley Zoo opened in 1937. The zoo is unique because of an 11th century castle, the chairlift and the world’s largest single collection of Tectons. It contains 12 animal enclosures and other buildings designed by the architect Berthold Lubetkin and the Tecton Group, built between 1936 and 1937.
The motte and bailey construction of Dudley Castle was completed in 1070 by Ansculf de Picquigny.
A visitor chairlift was erected between the zoo’s entrance and the castle in 1958.
The zoo was purchased by Dudley Metropolitan Council in 1977. Dudley Zoological Gardens (DZG) is now operated by Dudley and West Midlands Zoological Society.
We visited Dudley Zoo in June 2018.