Conservation

Grabbing the Gap

Have you spotted our blooming lovely wild mini-meadow? We’re taking part in BIAZA’s (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) Grab That Gap campaign again this year by creating a mini-meadow for visitors and minibeasts to enjoy. Following last year’s successful growth, DZG’s Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson, re-seeded the ground in front of the Continue reading Grabbing the Gap

Tiger awareness

Critically endangered Sumatrans, Daseep and Joao, will be helping us raise priceless awareness this Global Tiger Day. All eyes will be on our charismatic pair, who are great ambassadors for their wild cousins on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, where there are shockingly as few as 400 left of their smallest surviving tiger subspecies. Weekend Continue reading Tiger awareness

Earn your stripes for tigers!

Visitors are encouraged to earn their stripes and help us raise funds for tigers next weekend. We’re counting down to Global Tiger Day on Saturday, July 29 when we’ll be raising awareness about the plight of tigers in the wild, with the help of our critically endangered Sumatran duo, Daseep and Joao. And we’ll be Continue reading Earn your stripes for tigers!

Forming a conservation community

DZG hosted its first ever Community Conservation Forum attended by a variety of local nature groups. Organised by Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson, the event allowed participants to meet each other, share information and discuss ways to improve local breeding sites. Groups taking part included Brumbats, Sandnats (Sandwell Valley Naturalists) and a host of park and Continue reading Forming a conservation community

Show your support!

Visitors can show their support for DZG’s orangutans by purchasing one of our colourful appeal wristbands or pin badges. Every penny from the £2 silicone band or £3 enamel badge, will go towards our campaign to raise £800,000 for a new outdoor enclosure for our Bornean orangs. Zoo Director Derek Grove, said: “Make a pledge Continue reading Show your support!

Feed & fundraise

Visitors can help us stand tall and raise funds for World Giraffe Day this weekend. Throughout tomorrow and Sunday we’re offering the chance for giraffe fans to win a close encounter to feed our trio – Kubwa, Josie and Kito. As well as highlighting the threats giraffes face in the wild, keepers will be selling Continue reading Feed & fundraise

Surveying bats

DZG staff joined forces with conservation group, BrumBats, to survey the wild bats across the 40-acre zoo site. The group, also known as the Birmingham and Black Country Bat Group, spent two hours surveying bats living in and around two on-site caverns. DZG Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson, said: “It went really well. We started just Continue reading Surveying bats

Love DZG!

It’s Love Your Zoo Week and we’re encouraging visitors to love DZG as much as we do! Throughout half term we’ll be running lots of love-themed activities to help spread the message about our conservation, education and research work with some of the rarest animals in the world, which we’ve proudly been carrying out for 80 Continue reading Love DZG!

A deluxe donation

Some of DZG’s tiniest native critters have a new deluxe home, thanks to talented members of a Dudley charity. Woodside Crafts, based in King Street, which supports adults with mental health and learning difficulties, has donated a wall-hanging handmade bug house to us and it’s already filling up with occupants! DZG Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson, Continue reading A deluxe donation

A very special baby!

We’ve got exciting news as we’ve had the first rare black lemur birth at DZG in over a decade. And it’s extra special as we play a key role in the conservation battle of the vulnerable species, as we’re the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) studbook holder for the entire European captive population. The newborn Continue reading A very special baby!