Dudley the zoo elf discovered an early Christmas present for our bird keepers –it’s our newest DZG arrival – a female Victoria crowned pigeon. The impressive blue-grey coloured bird, is the largest pigeon species in the world and is distinguished by the spectacular fanned crest of white-tipped feathers on its head and its striking red … Continue reading Elf discovers a new arrival!
Meet Delta – the newest addition to our bird of prey team! The red-legged seriema is just a few months old and is currently off-show and being hand reared and trained by keepers. Section Leader Nicola Wright, said: “We’ve already got a soft spot for him and he’s so unusual that we know he’ll be … Continue reading Meet Delta!
We’re delving back in to the DZG archive again today and look back to the early 1970’s when three Dudley Zoo keepers spent three months in the Falkland Islands to bring back 90 gentoo and rockhopper penguins and 12 elephant seals. The staff had to spend a few weeks on the island as they waited for the boat … Continue reading Throwback Thursday
We’ve waved off Jill the common raven, who’s returned to Wales to pair with a male! The 10 year-old bird, who has greeted thousands of visitors to DZG with shouts of hello and goodbye as they pass her enclosure on Castle Hill, has gone back to her former collection at Welsh Mountain Zoo. Curator Richard … Continue reading Jill returns to Wales
Birds Section Leader, Nicola Wright went on a road trip to collect some new additions to our feathered collection. Travelling to Newquay Zoo and Exmoor Zoo, Nicola picked up six red breasted geese and four cinnamon teals. Nicola said: “The geese and teals have already settled into the South American pool opposite the Discovery Centre … Continue reading New birds fly in!
DZG visitors got up close to a number of native feathered friends during bird ringing demonstrations. Brewood Ringers spent a day on site during half term, led by our Customer Services Team Member and trainee bird ringer, Emma Dingley, as they showed members of the public how they catch some of the zoo site’s small … Continue reading Successful bird ringing
The first of our owl and kestrel nesting boxes have arrived on site – and it’s all thanks to the generous visitors to our August Bank Holiday Raptor Day celebrations. During the summer holiday fundraiser, where you helped us raise a whopping £869.95, bird keepers spoke to visitors about the plight of British birds of … Continue reading Homes for native raptors
Mirrors donated through Amazon’s Wishlist are being put to use with various DZG bird species. Trainee Keeper, Jess Jones, said: “We’ve put the Perspex mirror in with Oz the toucan who loves it and will sit and chat away to his reflection for ages. “We also put it into the penguin enclosure for a few … Continue reading Mirror, mirror on the wall…
Our first ever Violet Turaco chick is growing quickly and is starting to develop its distinctive colouration. And we’ve discovered it’s a boy! Birds Section Leader, Nicola Wright, said: “We sexed the juvenile by taking five feathers, which we sent to be DNA tested at a facility in Cornwall. “He could potentially enter the European … Continue reading Growing quickly!
A HUGE thank you to our Bank Holiday visitors who made our first ever Raptor Day a flyaway success and helped us raise a whopping £869.95! Thousands of people visited the 11th century castle courtyard to see our birds of prey, which included harris hawks, a red-footed falcon, common buzzard and a Northern White-faced Owl, … Continue reading Raptor Day a flyaway success!