Big cats

Naughty Taïga!

Snow leopard, Taïga, has been up to mischief and broken the enclosure’s waterfall! Big cat keepers couldn’t fathom how the water pipe had been removed from the pool, until zoo member, Karen Edwards shed light on the mystery when she caught the one year-old red handed on camera and showed us the photos! Senior Keeper Continue reading Naughty Taïga!

Purr-fect valentine gift

We’re feeling the love here at DZG by offering some animal magic to help you woo your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. And we’ve got the purr-fect present – a joint adoption for one of our newest couples – snow leopards, Margaash and Taïga. Marketing Manager Andrea Hales, said: “The two snow leopards were introduced in Continue reading Purr-fect valentine gift

Recycling the decorations!

DZG’s animals are enjoying their own festive fun now it’s time to take down the decorations. Keepers are recycling the Christmas fir trees from Santa’s recent grotto in the 11th century Dudley Castle by adding them into the enclosures of many of the site’s animals. The trees not only provide exciting enrichment opportunities for the Continue reading Recycling the decorations!

Everyone counts!

Dudley Zoological Gardens has begun its annual census by counting every animal living on site. The yearly task is part of the licensing requirements of all UK zoos and wildlife parks and involves keepers having to tot up all mammals, invertebrates, birds, amphibians and reptiles in their care and with more than 1,500 animals on Continue reading Everyone counts!

Anniversary plans...

We’re gearing up for our  80th anniversary by revealing exciting plans for next year… Over the coming months a £295,000 revamp will begin on SIX projects on site including new extended homes for our critically endangered yellow-breasted capuchins, snow leopards, parrots, military macaws and cockatoos, as well as a larger farm barn and extended farmyard and Continue reading Anniversary plans…

Joao's perfumed present!

We hope you all had a great Christmas Day yesterday and are enjoying playing with those new toys and pressies. Our handsome four year-old Sumatran tiger, Joao loved his gift from Daseep – a bottle of his favourite aftershave – which big cat keeper Sarah Evans sprayed all over the climbing frame for him to Continue reading Joao’s perfumed present!

Makalu's official adopters

We’re officially adopters of snow leopard, Makalu, who left us for Darjeeling Zoo six months ago. We’ve pledged to continue financially supporting the two-year-old leopard for the next five years and have received a certificate and paperwork in recognition of the donation. Curator Richard Brown, said: “Darjeeling Zoo is internationally recognised for its conservation work Continue reading Makalu’s official adopters

Snowies united!

There were head rubs galore when snow leopards, Margaash and Taïga, were united for the first time this week. The introductory process has been slowly monitored by DZG curators and big cat keepers over the last few weeks. But staff couldn’t be happier with this week’s development. Big cat keeper, Sarah Evans, said: “It went brilliantly. Continue reading Snowies united!

TripAdvisor thanks!

We’ve been awarded a TripAdvisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence thanks to great feedback from visitors. The award reflects consistent high ratings about DZG left on the TripAdvisor travel website and the news was met with a regal nod of acknowledgment from our stunning Sumatran male tiger, Joao. Zoo Director, Derek Grove, said: “This accolade confirms Continue reading TripAdvisor thanks!