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The Dudley Zoological Gardens is a zoo within the grounds of Dudley Castle. More than 1,000 animals of over 200 species live here. Most of them are endangered and included in a captive breeding program. You can see here, among others giraffes, tigers, lions, reindeer, kangaroos, monkeys and snow leopards. There is also a sea lion swimming pool, a reptile house and an aviary. The zoo also houses the castle restaurant, and the ticket includes a visit to the castle.
In 1930, the then Count Dudley decided to create a zoo within the castle grounds. The first animals came here from the Oxford Zoo, which was closed in 1936. Thirteen buildings designed by Berthold Lubetkin were built on the territory of the zoo. The zoo opened in May 1937 and operated for the next forty years. It was then sold and is now managed by the Dudley and West Midlands Zoological Society, founded in 1978 and a registered charity.