Keepers have been getting the measure of creatures down on the DZG Farm – with some new digital scales. Knox, our pygmy hedgehog, a leopard gecko and Pocahontas the guinea pig were first to test out the new scales. Farm Section Leader Lesley Lewis said: “We weigh all our animals monthly as part of their health … Continue reading Tipping the scales!
We’ve had 18 new critters hatch in the farm barn – but you’ll have to look really hard to spot them! As the tiny Peleng stick insect nymphs are only a few centimetres in size and as their name implies, they can easily camouflage themselves against sticks, leaves and twigs. The babies, which have a … Continue reading Farm’s new arrivals
Congratulations to apprentices, Harry Upton and Mary Taylor, who have landed full-time positions here at DZG. The pair have secured their dream jobs as trainee keepers after impressing zoo bosses with their hardworking attitude since joining us as apprentices at the start of the year. Harry, from Halesowen, said: “I’m immensely happy. “When I was … Continue reading Congratulations to our newest keepers!
Young visitors are invited to draw their favourite DZG animal on the new chalkboard in the farm barn. The blackboard, on the side of the new barn’s food preparation area, has been receiving much interest since being installed and keepers are enjoying seeing the artwork. Section Leader, Lesley Lewis, said: “Our animal colouring sheets always go … Continue reading Farm’s new chalkboard
DZG’s seven Cameroon sheep have relocated across the zoo site for the winter. Keepers have moved the livestock from the castle bank onto the grass alongside the Queen Mary restaurant. Farm Section Leader, Lesley Lewis, said: “We caught up the sheep individually and gave them a quick health check, including washing their feet and worming … Continue reading A winter relocation
Keepers are giving out colourful new stickers down on the farm to young visitors who come and meet our critters! Designed in-house by graphic designer, Rachel Lane, the bright labels, which feature a variety of farm animals alongside our new barn mascot – a giant bunny – are being given out to all young visitors … Continue reading Stickers and critters!
There are birthday celebrations down on the farm as our Bactrian camel, Fergie, turns two today! And Trainee Keeper, Amy Paddock, was on hand to dish out some special breakfast treats for her favourite birthday girl this morning, including carrots and dates, plus her daily camel feed mix in the shape of a number two! … Continue reading Fergie’s birthday breakfast treats!
Brave DZG Keeper Adam Wrench took a leap of faith and raised more than £800 for our Orangutan Appeal. The 27 year-old farm keeper plummeted 10,000ft through the air during a sponsored skydive last week, as he raised money towards our £800,000 target to build a separate outdoor enclosure for our four orangutans – Jorong, … Continue reading Adam’s leap of faith!
The farm’s female guinea pigs have their very own castle hideout, thanks to the talents of a group of crafty Dudley pensioners. We’ve once again joined forces with the Senior Citizens Enterprise Woodwork Group, based at nearby Meadow Road Youth Centre, who have constructed the large castle for our new farm barn and the guinea … Continue reading Castle hideout!
We’ve opened our new farm barn, the latest project to complete in our anniversary £295,000 revamp programme. The heated and covered exhibit has taken three months to build and allows visitors to get even closer to a variety of small animals, including pygmy hedgehogs, millipedes, African Giant land snail and a European mantis. Zoo Manager … Continue reading New farm barn opens!