DZG keepers spotted a familiar face on site yesterday, as the World Number One darts champion, Michael van Gerwen, paid us a visit. The Dutch professional darts ace, who is currently competing in the Grand Slam in Wolverhampton, took time out to learn more about some of the world’s rarest animals here at DZG and … Continue reading A champion visit
We’re thrilled to announce we’ve extended our partnership with Wolverhampton Grand Theatre for the next two years. We’re now their official local pantomime sponsor through to the 2019/2020 season. DZG Marketing Manager, Andrea Hales, said: “We’re delighted to be continuing our partnership with Wolverhampton Grand Theatre for the next two Christmas seasons. “The magic of … Continue reading Panto partnership extended
Well done to Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, who’s our employee of the month! Sam, who works with our big cats, ungulates and reptiles, was nominated by colleagues for his commitment and dedication to DZG. Curator Richard Brown, said: “Sam was chosen as this month’s winner because he puts so much time and effort into completing … Continue reading Sam scoops title!
Trainee Keeper Ellis Robinson is putting our three giraffes through their paces during target training. Working with Kubwa, Josie and Kito, Ellis, alongside Trainee Keeper, Josh Luxton, are getting the giraffes to touch a wooden target stick with their nose and hold for at least five seconds. And each giraffe has a different coloured target … Continue reading Giraffes put through paces
Zoo Director Derek Grove will be representing DZG at the town’s annual Remembrance Sunday event today. Derek will be laying a poppy wreath at the Dudley cenotaph in Ednam Road on behalf of all the zoo’s staff, who are encouraged to wear poppies on their uniform out of respect for our servicemen and women. Following … Continue reading Remembering the fallen
Birthday celebrations are continuing in the orangutan house as today it’s Jazz’s celebratory day! Our great ape matriarch turns 26 and keepers have got her a few surprise treats lined up to help her mark her day. Not only has she got some wrapped gifts to open first thing, keepers will also be whipping up … Continue reading Birthday gifts for Jazz
Autumn brings about one of our zoo keepers’ least loved tasks – collecting up fallen leaves! Although it may seem an endless job, our forward-thinking ungulate staff are busy making sure our leaf-eating mammals will be set for winter by stockpiling the driest fallen foliage. Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “Being situated on a 40-acre … Continue reading Preparing for winter
Two senior keepers represented DZG at the annual BIAZA Mammal Working Group Conference. Jodie Dryden and Sam Grove travelled to Yorkshire Wildlife Park for the two-day event which included presentations covering a range of mammalian topics from training and enrichment to conservation and reproduction. Jodie, who attended in her role as co-chair of the BIAZA … Continue reading DZG attends BIAZA meet
Birds Section Leader, Nicola Wright went on a road trip to collect some new additions to our feathered collection. Travelling to Newquay Zoo and Exmoor Zoo, Nicola picked up six red breasted geese and four cinnamon teals. Nicola said: “The geese and teals have already settled into the South American pool opposite the Discovery Centre … Continue reading New birds fly in!
We’re wishing our oldest and much-loved Bornean orangutan, Benji, a very happy 40th birthday today! Keepers surprised the birthday boy with a piñata for his big day, which he discovered hanging from his outdoor climbing frame this morning, filled with tasty treats to enjoy. He’s had a busy weekend celebrating his milestone with hundreds of visitors, … Continue reading Benji’s 40!