We’re celebrating Chinese New Year – the year of the rooster – with the help from our feathered friends down on the farm. It’s going to be an exciting year for the roosters, who are going to get a new-look home as part of a £90,000 revamp of the farmyard – set to open in … Continue reading Year of the Rooster!
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!
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!
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
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
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!
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!
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!
It’s almost New Year and the bubbles are already freely flowing at DZG as we look forward to celebrating our 80th anniversary. Our meerkat mob had great fun with some bubble enrichment following a delivery from our Amazon Wishlist from generous supporters Julie and Roy Holden, who sent us two large plastic trugs, a bubble … Continue reading New Year bubbles!
Thirty one DZG Humboldt penguins have had a late Christmas present after receiving names from generous adopters. Keepers discovered 40 of our 85-strong colony didn’t have names on their official zoo records, just identification numbers, so we offered penguin fans the chance to adopt and name them. Marketing Assistant, Louise Curtis, said: “We were overwhelmed … Continue reading Flippin’ great news!