Conservation

Fancy tickling a tapir?!

Don’t forget we’re celebrating World Tapir Day this weekend by offering visitors a chance to give DZG’s Meena and Chico a tickle. We’re raising money for World Land Trust by holding a raffle to win a close encounter with our Brazilian tapirs. Keepers will be selling raffle tickets outside the South American paddock today and Continue reading Fancy tickling a tapir?!

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

Extending native species work

DZG extended its work with native species by helping clear a piece of important ecological land on our doorstep. Working alongside Dudley Countryside Services, our Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson helped clear Peggy’s Meadow – located between DZG and the Black Country Living Museum. Chris said: “The land is a natural meadow and is listed as a Continue reading Extending native species work

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

Makalu's official adopters

We’re officially adopters of snow leopard, Makalu, who left us for Darjeeling Zoo six months ago. We’ve pledged to continue financially supporting the two-year-old leopard for the next five years and have received a certificate and paperwork in recognition of the donation. Curator Richard Brown, said: “Darjeeling Zoo is internationally recognised for its conservation work Continue reading Makalu’s official adopters

Giraffes in the spotlight

DZG’s giraffes were thrust into the TV spotlight as news broke that their iconic species is now sadly threatened with extinction. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List has regraded the giraffe as vulnerable following a devastating 40 per cent decline in numbers over the last 30 years, driven by habitat loss, civil Continue reading Giraffes in the spotlight

Christmas deadline looms!

DZG’s Marketing team are busy coping with Christmas requests from animal-mad adopters and are urging purchasers not to miss out on Friday’s deadline. Marketing Manager, Andrea Hales, pictured, said: “Adoptions are always popular at this time of year as they make fantastic gifts for all ages. “They last all year long and also raise funds Continue reading Christmas deadline looms!

Don't forget your calendar!

There’s just three weeks left of the year so don’t forget to pick up your DZG 2017 calendar! Our fundraising anniversary edition features some of the zoo’s most popular animals in quirky shots snapped by DZG’s photographers and in recent weeks has been sent off to households as far away as Australia! Media and Communications Officer, Rachel Continue reading Don’t forget your calendar!

Feed the birds!

The weather’s turning colder and here at DZG we’re looking out for our feathered friends. We’ve got hundreds of native small wild birds around the zoo site including chaffinches, robins, blue tits, long tail tits and nuthatches who all need a helping hand at this time of year to keep warm. Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson Continue reading Feed the birds!