Education

Keepers hit the books

Two DZG keepers are hitting the books as they begin their Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA). Senior Bird Keeper, Ben Vanes and Lower Primates Keeper, Jade Reddall, are the latest recruits to boost their knowledge and skills in animal care as they undertake the qualification, known as the industry standard Continue reading Keepers hit the books

Homes for native raptors

The first of our owl and kestrel nesting boxes have arrived on site – and it’s all thanks to the generous visitors to our August Bank Holiday Raptor Day celebrations. During the summer holiday fundraiser, where you helped us raise a whopping £869.95, bird keepers spoke to visitors about the plight of British birds of Continue reading Homes for native raptors

New ferrets!

Three adorable ferrets are settling into their new home in the Discovery Centre. Four month-old brothers, Styx and Jynx and sister, Majik have arrived from Rodbaston College in Staffordshire and are already proving to be firm favourites with education staff. Presenter Heather John said: “The ferrets have settled in quickly and we’re already seeing their Continue reading New ferrets!

Face your spider fear!

It’s the time of year when house spiders are starting to make their appearance in homes across the country and for those with fears of the eight-legged critters, why not let DZG help you face them! Our spider close encounters allow visitors to meet the tarantulas who live in our Discovery Centre, while our education Continue reading Face your spider fear!

14 baby rats

The Discovery Centre’s animal count has been boosted by the birth of 14 baby rats – just in time for Halloween! The pups were born on September 11 to mum, Summer and Dad, Zaffie – who are also new arrivals to the DZG collection. Presenter Heather John, said: “It’s Summer’s first litter and she’s done Continue reading 14 baby rats

Last chance for castle tour

It’s the last opportunity for visitors to learn more about Dudley Castle this Friday as we host the final tour and talk of the year. Discover all about food and cookery during the Medieval and Tudor times during the evening event. Zoo Manager, Matt Lewis, said: “The after hour tours have proved to be very Continue reading Last chance for castle tour

Raptor Day a flyaway success!

A HUGE thank you to our Bank Holiday visitors who made our first ever Raptor Day a flyaway success and helped us raise a whopping £869.95! Thousands of people visited the 11th century castle courtyard to see our birds of prey, which included harris hawks, a red-footed falcon, common buzzard and a Northern White-faced Owl, Continue reading Raptor Day a flyaway success!

Great day for apes!

Huge thanks to DZG visitors who helped us raise £503 during International Orangutan Day. Primate keepers manned an information stand, as they raised awareness about the threats facing the critically endangered Bornean orangutan. And through orang-themed raffles and sales of nectar pots in Lorikeet Lookout we were delighted to raise the funds, which we’re splitting Continue reading Great day for apes!

Learn more about raptors

Bank holiday visitors can help us save barn owls and kestrels today during our fundraising raptor event. Join bird keeper, Kriss Pearson in the 11th century castle courtyard throughout the day, when he’ll be raising funds and awareness about the plight of some of our native birds of prey – with the help of a Continue reading Learn more about raptors