Thursday, 7 June 2012

A Dream Night to Remember

We’re proud to announce our first Dream Night at the Zoo event which will be held on Friday 15th June 2012.

Dream Night at the Zoo is a Dutch based global charity that encourages Zoo’s worldwide to open up free of charge, to children with profound illnesses and/or disabilities.

On Friday 15th June we will open the doors to DZP to some specially invited kids along with their families to be treated as VIP’s for the night.

The Dream Night project started in Rotterdam Zoo in 1996, and has since been taken up around the world and now almost 250 zoos set aside one day a year in the name of the charity.

Dartmoor Zoo became a partner earlier this year and we set about recruiting partners to help deliver a night to remember. The following local companies and institutions generously agreed to give their time:

The Devon, Cornwall and Somerset emergency services
Plymouth Wow Balls
Musician Mike Jelly

Together, they’re helping us to provide a wide range of activities and entertainment on the night, including face painting, magic, falconry, dancing and live music. And nobody will go hungry thanks to catering supplies company 3663 who have generously agreed to provide all the food and drink.

Our special guests for the evening will be coming from the Dame Hannah Trust in Ivybridge, Little Harbour Children’s Hospice in St. Austell, and A4e Independent Living Service in Plymouth, and asked them to invite children on our behalf to the event. All have expressed great interest and excitement, and we hope to have 150 people on the night.

All DZP staff have very kindly offered to volunteer their services on the night, we’ll be doing our best to give these children a night to remember.

(You can find out more about Dream Night at the Zoo at

The Dream Night was a grea\t success! Many thanks to all that helped to make it happen. Here's a selection of photographs from the night: