We’re putting final touches to the snow leopard extension which is almost ready for our big cat pair to move into! It was a team effort as keepers from across the site joined forces with our Dudley College students to spread 12 tonnes of wood chipping across the flooring in the extension of the enclosure … Continue reading Final touches to leopard enclosure
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!
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
Have you followed our Instagram page yet? Led by our zoo keepers, our page – dudley.zoo (note the dot!) regularly posts behind-the-scenes photos and videos of our 1,200 strong animal collection and zoo events. DZG Press Officer Rachel Hickman, said: “The page is run by our keeping staff and they’re the ones who are able … Continue reading Follow us on Instagram!
Our newest keeper, Deb Pittaway, has completed her first summer season at DZG! Deb, aged 35, has joined our Upper Primates team from Twycross Zoo and has started her duties working alongside our four Bornean orangutans, Benji, Jorong, Jazz and our cheeky youngster, Sprout – just look at the face the six year-old is pulling … Continue reading Deb’s first DZG season!
We’ve welcomed a new critically endangered male Sulawesi crested macaque to DZG, who has a special place in the heart of Lower Primates Senior Keeper, Jodie Dryden. As Jodie was five year-old Tambo’s former keeper at Drusillas Park in East Sussex, where she helped care for him from birth. (pictured above!) Jodie said: “I returned … Continue reading Jodie reunites with Tambo!
DZG staff celebrated the end of our busy summer season with a friendly football match and party in the castle courtyard. A team of zoo keepers took on the shop staff in the after hours game, and were cheered on by the rest of the staff on the sidelines. And the customer services team reigned … Continue reading Friendly football rivalries
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!
Congratulations go to Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, who’s our latest fully-qualified recruit! Sam has successfully passed the demanding two-year Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA) course. The 25 year-old, said: “I’m delighted to have passed the course, it’s been hard work so it’s a relief to have finished.” The DMZAA is … Continue reading Sam succeeds!
We’ve launched an in-house employee of the month scheme to reward staff who have gone above and beyond. And our first ever winner is Apprentice Keeper Mary Taylor who works on our bird section. Nominations come from colleagues and the scheme is open to all staff working across all the site’s departments, with Mary chosen … Continue reading Well done, Mary!