Our gorgeous Sumatran tiger, Joao, is celebrating his 5th birthday today and keepers treated the big cat to a Chinese and Indian takeaway! Senior Keeper, Sarah Evans, pictured above, stuffed two hessian sacks with used giraffe bedding and covered one with soy sauce and the other with curry powder before throwing them to the birthday … Continue reading Birthday takeaway
Sumatran tigers, Daseep and Joao, kept a very close eye on site contractors by watching their every move! Workers have replaced the wooden walkway leading to their viewing window with a smarter tarmacked path, which is also less maintenance for staff. Curator Richard Brown, said: “The tigers were kept inside during times when loud machinery was … Continue reading Supervising Sumatrans
Our snow leopard enclosure appeal has been boosted by the fundraising efforts of an animal-mad eight year-old, who has raised £70 for DZG. Keetan Gill, from Tipton, was motivated to raise money for our £100k appeal after hearing of the death of our female snow leopard, Nanga, last June. Zoo member, Keetan, who’s a regular visitor … Continue reading Kind-hearted Keetan
Happy Valentine’s Day! Love is in the air across DZG’s 40-acre site for the many furry, feathered, prickly and scaly couples who have been carefully matched as part of vital breeding programmes to ensure the continuing survival of the world’s rarest animals. And one-year-old snow leopard, Taïga, who has formed one of our newest pairs … Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day!
DZG’s conservation work for critically endangered Sumatran tigers have earned us a Silver Certificate from 21st Century Tiger in recognition of our fundraising efforts The certificate acknowledges the £1,000 we donated to the charity last year, bringing our running total to £7,945. Zoo Director Derek Grove, said: “ We raised £686.72 through our Global Tiger … Continue reading Recognition for tiger funds
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!
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
Visitors to Lion Ridge will be able to get even closer to our big cats as we prepare to install a new lookout. The £25,000 platform is set to be built opposite the wild dog enclosure in time for the summer holidays and will give visitors an uninterrupted view of our three Asiatic lions – even when … Continue reading Lion lookout
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!
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!