Castle hideout!

The farm’s female guinea pigs have their very own castle hideout, thanks to the talents of a group of crafty Dudley pensioners.

We’ve once again joined forces with the Senior Citizens Enterprise Woodwork Group, based at nearby Meadow Road Youth Centre, who have constructed the large castle for our new farm barn and the guinea pigs are enjoying exploring the turrets!

Section Leader, Lesley Lewis, said: “We’re really pleased with the castle, which looks great in the new barn and we’re very thankful to the group for their hard work.

“The woodworkers have also made us a hotel for our rabbits, so we can’t wait for that to be installed in the barn soon too.”

Earlier this year the group built a number of nesting boxes for our exotic and native species, including birds, bats and penguins, which saved us hundreds of pounds.

Since we opened the new-look barn earlier this month as part of our 80th anniversary revamp programme, it’s proved popular with visitors and we’re busy adding more animals and exhibits, with recent arrivals including leopard geckos, a plated lizard, a blue tongue skink and a Syrian hamster called Wilma!

A dedicated teaching area and a conservation corner to highlight upcoming animal projects and awareness weeks will also be added in due course.

The barn is open every day from 12 – 12.45pm and 2.15 – 4.30pm, where visitors can get close to a range of animals, as well as taking part in colouring-in crafts.