Home from home for Harry

Ellowes Hall Sports College pupil, Harry Lewis, felt right at home when he visited DZG during a school trip. For Harry is the son of Curator, Matt Lewis, and mum is Senior Keeper, Lesley – and the 13-year-old lives on site! Lesley said: “I laughed when Harry told me about the school trip, he certainly Continue reading Home from home for Harry

Operation sorts Santa's helper

Reindeer Hail has a key role to play every Christmas when he joins the fun in Santa’s Grotto. Along with eight reindeer friends, Hail meets young visitors in the 11th century Dudley Castle courtyard throughout the festive season. So it was a blow when the eight year-old developed an unsightly tumour on his magnificent antlers Continue reading Operation sorts Santa’s helper

Enjoy the panto, everyone!

Hope you all have a fantastic time at the theatre tonight. DZG is sponsoring this evening’s performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton and we have given away more than a thousand free tickets to clubs, charities and organisations across the West Midlands. Among those invited are Side-by-Side, from Stourbridge,Dudley-based Wishing Well, Continue reading Enjoy the panto, everyone!

Adopt me for Xmas!

Our baby Mara is settling in well. The three-week-old youngster is already a favourite with visitors, and has quite a fan club, as Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, explained. “The baby is so cute and had several adopters in the first week it was born. “It’s a real sweetie and people thought a Continue reading Adopt me for Xmas!

Will and Kate's baby due!

Keepers are keeping a close eye on rare Humboldt penguins, Will and Kate, as they prepare for their pregnancy. The ‘royal’ pair who were born last November, shortly before Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement, are sharing parental duties of egg rotation, and staff believe births could be imminent. CEO Peter Suddock said: Continue reading Will and Kate’s baby due!

Reindeer on the move

Two of our female reindeer have transferred to Surrey just in time to join Santa’s team in the south. Willow and Drizzle – pictured – have moved to Chessington World of Adventure where they are settling in well and mixing with the rest of the herd. Meanwhile their reindeer friends at DZG met the first Continue reading Reindeer on the move

Grotto opens today!

Santa’s Grotto opens today, so come along meet Father Christmas in Dudley Castle and join the festive fun. Our Magical Winter Wonderland package, which runs through to Christmas Eve, includes Zoo admission, a magical train ride, visit to Santa in his grotto, a surprise gift and a fun-filled Christmas show. To make sure YOU get to Continue reading Grotto opens today!

Xmas on DZGTV!

Lemur Wood became the location of choice when our Xmas camera crew filmed festive footage for the latest DZGTV video. See keeper Neil Flockhart’s interview with the cheeky lemurs at

Residents meet favourites

Residents of Broadway Halls Care Home, in Dudley, met some of their favourite species when Outreach team members took along small, tame animals from the Discovery Centre collection. The hour-long Creature Feature included meet and greets with guinea pigs, ferrets, snakes and spiders. Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “The residents really enjoyed Continue reading Residents meet favourites

24 more sleeps!

It’s December 1st and staff are counting down to the Big Day. This year’s Santa’s Grotto in the 11th century Dudley Castle starts on December 5 and runs through to Christmas Eve. Our Magical Winter Wonderland package includes Zoo admission, a magical train ride, visit to Santa in his grotto, a surprise gift and a fun-filled Christmas show. Head Continue reading 24 more sleeps!