Birds

A pink streak!

There was a streak of pink in Flamingo Falls yesterday morning as our leggy birds made a dash outside. The Chilean birds have been kept in their indoor quarters since December due to vital precautions to protect our birds from the recent outbreak of avian flu in Europe. Birds Section Leader, Nicola Wright, said: “We’ve Continue reading A pink streak!

Lorikeet Lookout reopens

We’re getting set to reopen Lorikeet Lookout tomorrow, allowing visitors to feed our colourful birds. The walkthrough exhibit has been temporarily closed since December due to vital precautions to protect our birds from the recent outbreak of avian flu in Europe. Zoo Manager Matt Lewis said: “After careful consideration and monitoring of the current situation Continue reading Lorikeet Lookout reopens

Celebrating Aussie animals!

It’s Australia Day and we’ve got new species to include in this year’s celebrations! As well as the most well-known animals from Oz – kangaroos, wallabies and kookaburras – we also house bearded dragons, chestnut teals, carpet pythons and this year’s newbies rainbow lorikeets and frilled lizards. Join us on our Antipodean trail….and why not Continue reading Celebrating Aussie animals!

Bird watching!

We’re inviting visitors to find out more about our feathered friends as we highlight the Big Garden Birdwatch. Each year the RSPB runs the world’s biggest wildlife survey, where people up and down the country count the birds visiting their garden over a one-hour period. And we’ll be welcoming representatives on site next weekend- Saturday, Continue reading Bird watching!

Raising penguin awareness

We’re celebrating a popular bird species today, as it’s Penguin Awareness Day! The annual event helps raise awareness about some of the climate change threats the black and white flightless penguins are facing, including warmer water pushing them out further in search for fish. Here at DZG we’ve got more than 80 Humboldts living in Continue reading Raising penguin awareness

Fruity treats

Our rainbow lorikeets and roul roul partridges are enjoying some healthy fruit kebabs this New Year. Trainee Keeper Dannielle Partridge made some tasty banana, apple and pear chunks skewered on sticks, which she hung in the walkthrough exhibit for the 25 lorikeets to discover – and when they did, they couldn’t eat them quick enough! Dannielle Continue reading Fruity treats

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!

Identifying penguins!

Our annual census is well underway and creatures great and small are being counted across the zoo’s 40-acre site. For most species it’s a simple matter of a quick head count, but bird keepers came up with inventive colour-coded strips to help identify individual Humboldt penguins in our colony – one of the biggest in Europe. Section Leader, Continue reading Identifying penguins!