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Cheap and Cheerful Zoo
Dudley Zoological Gardens
Member Name: Clarey112
Dudley Zoological Gardens
Advantages: Animal welfare, varied animals, bird of prey show, cheap
Disadvantages: Dated, needs redecorating, not good for pushchairs or wheelchairs
I've stayed away from Dudley Zoo in the past because it's got a bad reputation and I had heard a lot of rumours about the animals being in small, cramped enclosures and generally being unkept. After one of my friends came back saying that she had been and really enjoyed it, I decided to give it a go, mainly because it was cheap. I along with my boyfriend and a friend visited recently and it cost us in total £34.50, that's 2 tickets at the student price of £11 and one adult at the price of £13.50. I thought that this was really good value and is a lot cheaper than other zoos I have visited.
The entrance to the Zoo is through the shop, even though they have big gates with turnstiles but these are not in use and perhaps are under improvement. The entrance gets very cramped but the staff are very quick and helpful so you aren't waiting for long. First impressions of the Zoo was that it did look a bit dated, there's peeling paint everywhere and the paths could do with revamping but once we started seeing the animals we forgot all of that and started having a really enjoyable day.
Dudley Zoo is on a hill and you have the option of either using the chairlift (which again looks quite dated) to reach the top or you can walk round seeing the animals on the way. This Zoo is definitely not wheelchair or pushchair friendly as we had to walk up quite a lot of steep hill and climb a fair few steps to reach the top.
The Zoo has a wide variety of animals and the enclosures are built in a way which allows guests to get up close to the animals, the animals all look happy and have spacious and attractive looking enclosures. One enclosure I really enjoyed was the penguins which are built with a bridge above so you can look directly down at the penguins playing in the water and sunbathing. Other animals which I particularly enjoyed seeing were the tigers and the giraffes.
There are various talks and feeding sessions available to go to so you can learn more about the animals as well as a birds of prey display held in the castle grounds. They fly around about 4 different birds of prey including a kestrel, buzzard and an owl and teach you about the birds and falconry. The staff that do this are really informative and cheerful.
As well as the basic animal enclosures there are several walkthrough exhibits, these are the Wallaby Walkthrough, Monkey Tails and Lemur Woods. There's also a Farmyard for younger guests to get up close to various farm animals.
There are a couple of reasonably priced restaurants or you can get a pass out to your car if you've packed a picnic and don't want to lug it round the zoo.
If you're not a big walker or you have small children with you there is a train which takes you to different points throughout the Zoo and leaves from the entrance.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this Zoo; the price was very reasonable for what you get out of it and is a lot cheaper than other Zoos. It is a bit dated and could do with a revamp but the animals are healthy and happy which at the end of the day is the most important thing.
* Prices - :Adult (inc £1.25 donation) £13.50*
Adult (without £1.25 donation) £12.25*
Children (3-15 yrs) £9.50
Child with Disability £7.00
One Free Admission for Carer with Disabled Visitor
Under 3s FREE
Car Parking (all day - Pay & Display, exact change required) £3.50
* Open 10am-4pm
Summary: Animals are happy and healthy and cheap admission