Baby capybara’s first Xmas

Six-month-old capybara, Pecan, is looking forward to his first Christmas with dad, Pumpkin, and mum Peanut. The baby has proved a favourite with young visistors and staff wil be making sure Pecan celebrates his first festive season with a few treats. Capybaras are the largest of the rodent species and are highly adapted to an Continue reading Baby capybara’s first Xmas

Tapir treats on Xmas menu

Our Brazilian tapirs are set for a few tasty treats today thanks to the generosity of keeper, Laura Robbins. Laura is bringing in special fruits and veg for the four-strong family group – dad Chico, mum Meena, adolescent male, Ronnie and his nine-month old sister, Tallulah. She said: “Tapirs are my absolute favourite animals and Continue reading Tapir treats on Xmas menu

See yourself at the panto!

DZG gave away more than one thousand free tickets to local clubs and organisations to join us at The Grand Theatre, in Wolverhampton for this year’s panto, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. We sponsored the dress rehearsal of this family favourite, starring Linda Lusardi and Sam Kane, and we invited folk from across the Continue reading See yourself at the panto!

Santa samples QM fare

Staff in the Queen Mary cafe always make sure they keep a stock of Santa’s favourite snacks just in case he pops in for a mince pie. It’s been a very busy time for Santa in the Castle Grotto over the last few weeks with hundreds of youngsters calling in to tell him what’s on Continue reading Santa samples QM fare

Fancy a Sprout for Xmas?

Sprouts are an acquired taste; a scrumptious festive green delight, or a red-alert addition to the Christmas dinner plate, strictly for decoration. But EVERYONE loves DZG’s Sprout – our gorgeous nine-month-old Bornean orang utan, the first of this highly endangered species to be born at Dudley Zoo in 19 years. In less then a year Continue reading Fancy a Sprout for Xmas?

Festive surprise from pupils

We’ve received a fantastic Christmas present from students at a Sandwell school! Pupils from Ocker Hill Junior School, in Tipton, raised  £1,479.60 to boost our Madagascan Campaign supporting lemurs in the wild. The funds were raised through sponsorship by 234 students who took part in Zoolympics organised by DZG outreach staff at Tipton Sports Academy Continue reading Festive surprise from pupils

Adopters opt for Neville!

Staff are working hard to cope with Christmas requests from animal-mad adopters across the country. Marketing Manager, Julia Lockett, said dozens of daily inquiries about sponsor / adopter packages were coming in – with penguins and meerkats top of the festive adoption list.   Julia said: “We have had all sorts of requests to adopt Continue reading Adopters opt for Neville!

Santa on DZGTV

Find out what Santa got up to when he faced the camera for our Christmas video. Footage follows Father Christmas in our countdown to The Big Day and discovers what keepers will be getting up to on site as part of the festive fun. Find out for yourself at

Cheerleaders adopt lion

Cheerleaders from Blackpool stopped off at DZG for a whistle-stop photoshoot to mark their adoption of Asiatic lion, Itar. Twenty seven members of Cats with Red Shoes, from South Shore, came on site to pick up the adoption package from Keeper, Jay Haywood. Head of Media and Comunications, Jill Hitchman, said:?”The girls had taken part Continue reading Cheerleaders adopt lion

Just 12 days to go!

Staff are counting down to Christmas Day with lots of activities around the site. Santa and his elves are working hard on youngsters’ wish lists in the castle grotto, while his herd of reindeer are meeting and greeting visitors in the castle courtyard.   Our Marketing team are making sure all the Christmas adoption packages Continue reading Just 12 days to go!