Dudley Zoo is now closed to the public for the foreseeable future

On Sunday 22 March the zoo's director, Derek Grove, released this statement:

"It is with great sadness that we’ve taken the decision to close our gates from 4pm today.

The decision was the only available course of action to ensure the safety and well-being of our visitors, staff members and animals and it wasn’t taken lightly - we tried our utmost to stay open but this is ultimately the right decision to protect our community around us.

Unfortunately we have no idea how long we will remain closed.

However, we overcame challenges from a prolonged closure in 2000 due to Foot and Mouth and we’re hopeful we can do the same again.

Rest assured, during this closure it will still be business as usual for our dedicated keeping staff, who will continue to ensure our 1,600-strong animal collection receive the best care possible.

In the meantime, please keep visiting our social media pages and website, as we’ll continue to bring you updates, photos and videos of our animals and zoo life over the coming months, which we hope will raise a smile during these daunting times.

Please bear with us over the next few days. If you have any questions or queries we’d ask you to email admin@dudleyzoo.org.uk and we’ll reply as soon as possible.

For all St George’s Day ticket holders, this event is understandably cancelled and we’ll be contacting everyone in due course to arrange refunds.

Thank you for your patience, support and understanding - we hope we’ll see you soon."