A champion visit

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

Panto partnership extended

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

Sam scoops title!

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!

Giraffes put through paces

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

Preparing for winter

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

DZG attends BIAZA meet

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

New birds fly in!

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!

Benji's 40!

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!