Countdown to Xmas for reindeer

Countdown to Christmas started this weekend with halter training for Santa’s reindeer. Keepers Jo Turner and Laura Robbins took a couple of their favourite reindeer into the castle courtyard to say hello to visitors and to familiarise them with Santa’s route in preparation for Christmas Eve! CAPTION: Jo (front) and Laura with reindeer in the castle Continue reading Countdown to Xmas for reindeer

Seven Dwarfs say hello

 They may be small but Snow White’s Seven Dwarfs made a HUGE impact when they called on site to say hello to staff. The dwarfs are appearing in panto at The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton and wanted to say thank you to DZG for sponsoring the dress rehearsal on December 9. Head of Media and Communications, Jill Continue reading Seven Dwarfs say hello

Porcupine treats

What a treat – I’m male porcupine, Prickles, and I’m really enjoying this maize brought in by keeper, Kirsty Thornton. I’ve just moved to another enclosure and everything’s rather new at the moment, so a nice bit of corn on the cob goes down really well. I’ve got a splendid ‘des-res’ designed by keepers and my Continue reading Porcupine treats

Time for a snuggle

How cosy is this!   The capybara family snuggle up to Brazilian tapir Chico in the South American paddock’s internal enclosure. Capybaras – mum Peanut, dad Pumpkin and five-month old Pecan – are among the world’s largest rodents.

Meet the mara

Introducing our newest baby! At just three days old our baby mara faces the camera with mum, Olivia. Keeper, Laura Robbins, said: “The baby is doing well and settling in with mum and dad, Martin. “We haven’t named it yet as we don’t know the sex, but will be having a think about suitable names Continue reading Meet the mara

Grace students' Creature Feature

Youngsters at Grace Primary School, in Oldbury, were delighted when they got to meet some of their favourite DZG species. Outreach team member, Shaun Crompton, took along a selection of small, tame animals to show the five and six-year-olds – and their parents! – during a one-hour Creature Feature. To organise a Creature Feature for Continue reading Grace students’ Creature Feature

Talc to the rescue!

A collared lemur became Billy No Mates when fellow primates picked a fight and expelled him from their gang. But quick-thinking keepers came up with a bright idea to re-introduce Pipkin to his old pals in Lemur Wood. Assistant Section Head of Primates, Pat Stevens, explained: “Primates recognise each other’s scent and this plays a Continue reading Talc to the rescue!

Staff observe two-minute silence

Staff observed a two-minute silence today across the 40-acre site. CEO?Peter Suddock said:?”All employees, including keepers, gardeners, maintenance, catering and admin staff marked the Armistice Day silence out of respect for those servicemen and women who died for their country. “It was particularly poignant for several members of staff whose family and friends have served Continue reading Staff observe two-minute silence

Oh yes, we are!!!

DZG is sponsoring the dress rehearsal of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at The Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton – and we’ve given away more than a thousand tickets to local folk for the December 9 panto date! Youngsters – and the young at heart – from across the region will be joining us for Continue reading Oh yes, we are!!!