Nicola flies through bird course

DZG’s Nicola Wright, is celebrating after flying through a course about managing birds of prey. Section Leader Nicola, took part in the day long Managing Raptors for Health and Longevity at the International Centre for Birds of Prey in Gloucestershire. Led by a specialist in avian medicine, the BIAZA credited training course covered housing, day-to-day Continue reading Nicola flies through bird course

It's World Penguin Day

We’re celebrating our popular black and white aquatic birds today as it’s World Penguin Day! And we’re delighted to have raised £252.91 through our fundraising efforts on Sunday in aid of Sphenisco, which works to protect Humboldt penguins in their native Chile and Peru. Zoo bosses have also donated the sales of Sunday’s nectar pots Continue reading It’s World Penguin Day

Pingu's 26!

Our oldest Humboldt penguin, Pingu, is celebrating his 26th birthday today! He’s a very special penguin to DZG as he was one of the founding members of the zoo colony back in 1991 having been hand-reared by keepers. The breeding programme, which was honoured with a prestigious BIAZA conservation award ten years ago, was headed Continue reading Pingu’s 26!

Raising funds for penguins

Ahead of next week’s World Penguin Day, we’ll be raising awareness and funds on Sunday for our most popular birds on site! Bird keepers will be raising money for Sphenisco, which works in Chile and Peru to save the Humboldt penguin from extinction. Visitors can find out more out the species, as well as helping us raise Continue reading Raising funds for penguins

Effective enrichment

We’re all for recycling and reusing here at DZG as empty cardboard boxes and tubes provided fun enrichment for our rainbow lorikeets and roul roul partridges. Senior Keeper Rachel Marsden filled the boxes with mealworms and seeds, before leaving them to be discovered around the floor of our walkthrough Lorikeet Lookout exhibit Rachel said: “The Continue reading Effective enrichment

Penguins move in!

We’ve installed our newly built nesting boxes into Penguin Bay and they’ve already got occupants! The boxes were built by members of the Senior Citizens Enterprise Woodwork Group, based at Meadow Road Youth Centre in Dudley, alongside bird tables and bat boxes and have saved us hundreds of pounds. Birds Section Leader, Nicola Wright, said: Continue reading Penguins move in!

Kestrel care

We’re providing a helping hand for the site’s wild kestrels by installing nesting boxes around site, just in time for breeding season. We’ve joined forces with the International Centre for Birds of Prey in Gloucestershire, who have provided us with two different box designs, which we’ve added around site. DZG Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson, pictured Continue reading Kestrel care

Agoutis arrive!

We’ve welcomed a new species to DZG as five Azara’s agoutis settle into their new home. The all-male rodent group can be found in Lorikeet Lookout, after relocating from Edinburgh Zoo. Curator Richard Brown, said: “This is the first time we’ve held the Azara’s species and we’re really pleased with how they’ve settled in. “They’re Continue reading Agoutis arrive!