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Rare Amazon parrots fly into DZG

A pair of yellow-shouldered Amazon parrots, a vulnerable species declining in the wild, has arrived at DZG as part of a breeding programme. It is the first time we have kept this species, and the green and yellow-coloured parrots are settling in well. Yellow-shouldered Amazons are intelligent, inquisitive and assertive birds which are often exploited and sold to Continue reading Rare Amazon parrots fly into DZG

We've named that baboon!

Four Gelada baboons have moved into a revamped iconic Tecton enclosure at DZG.  A ‘first’ for DZG, the endangered species have transferred from collections in Switzerland and Germany. They are the last surviving species of a once-widespread group of grass-grazing primates.  Three brothers, Fisseh, Femi and Ebano transferred from Zurich, with the fourth arriving from Continue reading We’ve named that baboon!

Luke's designs have zoo theme

Graphic Design student Luke Reader drew on his animal instincts when he designed a range of zoo-themed products. Eighteen-year-old Luke, of Sedgley, spent three months on the BTEC project while studying at Halesowen College. He said:?”I?have always really liked Dudley Zoo, and living on the doorstep I?am a frequent visitor, so for my final year project I decided to design a range of items that could Continue reading Luke’s designs have zoo theme

Happy 21st Charlie!

One of DZG’s most popular birds is celebrating her 21st birthday with a marathon radio tune-in. Blue and gold macaw, Charlie, loves listening to local radio stations in her home at the Discovery Centre. Senior Presenter David Riley said: “Charlie enjoys pop, rock and classical music. If she doesn’t like what is on the radio, Continue reading Happy 21st Charlie!

Jazz in the Ballroom

As part of the 27th Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival, UK sensations Tipitina performed R&B favourites in the iconic Queen Mary Ballroom. Vocalist Debbie Jones and Justin Randall on piano offered guests a heady mix of New Orleans good-time blues, barrelhouse and gospel sprinkled with rhythm and blues. Festival organiser Jim Simpson said: “Jazz nights were a regular feature Continue reading Jazz in the Ballroom

Picnic for princesses

Under-fives had fun in the sunshine at DZG’s Princes and Princesses Picnic. The annual two-day event saw Peppa Pig and friends entertaining thousands of youngsters in the courtyard of the 11th century Dudley Castle, alongside clowns, face painters and balloon artists.   Marketing Manager, Julia Lockett, said: “We had more than three thousand children, parents Continue reading Picnic for princesses

£1.15m Tecton restoration

DZG has been given the green light for a £1.15 million programme to renovate four iconic Tecton structures built when the zoo opened in 1937. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded development funding of just over £123,000 for the three year project. The first-round pass means that DZG have up to two years to Continue reading £1.15m Tecton restoration

From Singapore to DZG!

Nine-year-old Heather Hawkins made time for a very special holiday experience when she visited the UK with her dad, Jason. Heather travelled from her home in Singapore to see relatives in Britain and also included a Little Zoo Keeper Day at DZG in her itinerary. During her experience she shadowed keepers around the site and helped to Continue reading From Singapore to DZG!

Baby capybara meets visitors

A capybara born in the South American ungulates paddock couldn’t wait to meet zoo visitors! Within hours of its birth the baby – who has been named Pecan – was running round the enclosure with her parents.   Keeper Laura Robbins said: “It was quite early in the morning and I was the first member Continue reading Baby capybara meets visitors