Fundraising

Still time to vote

Time’s running out for visitors to help us choose our 2018 redevelopment project. Since the summer we’ve been asking all visitors who add the ten per cent voluntary donation to their entrance fee to vote for one of three major projects we’ve got in the pipeline involving either bears, tigers or chimpanzees. At the moment, Continue reading Still time to vote

Name our animals!

Can you help us name our meerkats or flamingos? We’ve discovered 18 of our Chilean flamingos and 13 meerkats don’t have official names on their zoo record, only identification numbers and we want to try and rectify that before Christmas with unique adoptions! Marketing Manager, Andrea Hales, said: “Every animal on site has a permanent Continue reading Name our animals!

Benji's big birthday bash!

We’re celebrating the 40th birthday of one of DZG’s most iconic animals, our Bornean orangutan, Benji and we’re throwing a big birthday bash in his honour! Join us this weekend, ahead of his birthday on Monday (Nov 6) as we hold a two-day fundraiser in aid of our £800,000 orangutan enclosure appeal. Visitors can take Continue reading Benji’s big birthday bash!

Orang appeal thanks!

We’re sending HUGE thanks to the fantastic employees of Dudley Building Society who have raised £286.31 towards our Orangutan Appeal. The staff members carried out their own sponsored walk around the zoo site – following the 5k Take a Walk on the Wild Side trail, as well as hosting an orange cake day in work! Continue reading Orang appeal thanks!

Sarah's success!

Congratulations to Senior Keeper, Sarah Evans, who’s our latest employee of the month! Sarah, who works with our big cats and ungulates, received this month’s accolade alongside gift vouchers after being nominated by colleagues for her continued hard work and dedication, especially with fundraising for world animal days. Over the last few months alone, Sarah Continue reading Sarah’s success!

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

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!

Celebrating red pandas

It’s International Red Panda Day and we’re celebrating with Yasmin and Gawa. This beautiful species is listed as endangered, with the IUCN Red List estimating the population in their native mountainous forests in the Himalayan region of East India to be fewer than 10,000. Curator Richard Brown, said: “Red pandas have faced a 50 per Continue reading Celebrating red pandas

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!

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!