Tipping the scales!

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!

Congratulations to our newest keepers!

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!

Farm's new chalkboard

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

A winter relocation

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

Stickers and critters!

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!

Fergie's birthday breakfast treats!

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!

Adam's leap of faith!

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!

Castle hideout!

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!