Charity and Business Information

Dudley & West Midlands Zoological Society Limited is a registered charity (No.507221) trading as Dudley Zoo & Castle, Castle Hill, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4QF.

The zoo which opened in May 1937, covers an area of approximately 40 acres, and is home to more than 1300 animals.  The majority of the site is a scheduled monument which includes an 11th century castle, limestone caverns and 13 Grade 2 listed Tecton buildings (four Grade 2*).

The charity is governed by a board of trustees (maximum 13), answerable to the Charity Commission. The responsibility of the trustees is to meet the requirements of the Articles of Association, whose objectives are for the benefit and education of the public, the collection, preservation and care of the animals and conservation of the site and buildings.


  • David Sparks OBE, Chairman
  • Michael Evans
  • Kim Fuller
  • Philip Loveday
  • Peter Silver
  • Alan Taylor
  • Phil Tart
  • Andrew Taylor
  • Steven Vincent
  • Stephen Woollard
  • Pamela Hodgetts

Dudley Zoo Services is an arm of the Society whose board consists of three trustees: David Sparks OBE, Michael Evans, Peter Silver.

The board of trustees meets quarterly throughout the year with a June AGM.

The organisation is run by Zoo Director, Derek Grove and his management team.

We are members of British & Irish Association of Zoos & Aquaria (BIAZA), European Association of Zoos & Aquaria (EAZA), British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers & Attractions and Heart of England Attractions.

We are involved in many European breeding programmes for our endangered species and are the registered stud book keeper and species co-ordinator for black lemurs.

Useful information

  • No. of employees = Approximately 88 (winter season)
  • Auditors : RSM, Colmore Row, Birmingham
  • Bank : National Westminster Bank, Castle Street, Dudley DY1 1YY
  • Annual year end accounts are available to view on-line at Companies House (Company No.1350864).
  • Organisation Chart
  • Business Structure
  • Safeguarding Policy