Coronavirus has continued to cause disruption, but our animal attractions have been able bring in much-needed revenue as visitors returned when lockdown restrictions were finally eased.
Behind the scenes, staff have been busy ensuring their guests are comfortable and there have been a wealth of new-borns, from tiny spider monkeys to elegant giraffes and stocky white rhinos.
The baby animals have been a big draw for visitors once they were allowed back and also form part of important global breeding programmes.
Our region is spoilt for choice, with Dudley and Chester zoos both within a short drive, along with West Midland Safari Park. And there are also a number of smaller animal parks, including the Exotic Zoo, which this year moved to a new home in Telford Town Park.
Many of our attractions are offering special deals over the Christmas and New Year holidays. They will be hoping for a disruption-free 2022.