Baby orang utan, Sprout, plays peek-a-boo with mum in the late afternoon sunshine. Eighteen-week-old Sprout has been learning all about enrichment from mum, 19-year-old Jazz, and joined her hide and seek games throughout the weekend. And keepers have noticed Sprout’s first teeth are beginning to show, so she’ll soon be having her first taste of … Continue reading Sprout ventures out
One of the worlds most recognisable and iconic exotic birds, the colourful Toco toucan, is settling in at DZG. The male Toucan has not yet been named but it is expected to draw the crowds, and the hunt has already started for a female to form a breeding pair. Curator, Matt Lewis, said:?Toucans are very … Continue reading Toucan flies into DZG
Three marbled teal chicks have hatched at DZG giving a boost to the species which is threatened in the wild. The colony now numbers 12 birds. Marbled teals are diving ducks which are classified as vulnerable to the threat of extinction by conservation experts. They are medium sized ducks (15-17 inches in length) which used to … Continue reading Chicks boost colony
DZG’s land train has transported thousands of families across the site during the past 23 years, and this week passed its annual inspection with flying colours. Chief Executive, Peter Suddock, said the 2.5 litre diesel Dotto locomotive is as popular now as back in 1988 when it made its first zoo trip. He said: “It’s … Continue reading Dotto delights DZG visitors
DZG’s African spurred tortoise, Ernie, was left a little shell shocked after undergoing an operation to remove pebbles from his stomach. True to his species, two-year-old Ernie is partial to eating the odd stone when his body needs extra minerals, but bit off more than he could chew when the pebbles caused a blockage. The problem … Continue reading Operation leaves tortoise, Ernie, shell-shocked
Pregnancy put a favourite vegetable well and truly off the menu for DZG Bornean orang utan, Jazz. But four months after giving birth the 19-year-old has rekindled her fancy for onions and once again made the smelly snack part of her five-a-day. Primate keepers were amused when the first-time mum shunned the shallots and opted … Continue reading New mum, Jazz, knows her onions . . .
Fifteen-year-old Amber Higgs sent us this picture of a spider monkey taken on a visit to DZG?during her school holidays. Amber, who is in her final year at High Arcal School, Dudley, is a keen wildlife photographer. She said: “I took a few really good photographs that day at DZG, it seemed like some of the animals were almost posing for … Continue reading Monkey pose for Amber!
Penguin suits were the order of the day for bride and groom Emma Upson and Adam Morris after a trip to Dudley Zoo inspired a themed wedding. And to help make their Big Day extra special DZG staff arranged a photo shoot with the site’s colony of rare Humboldts. Emma, aged 29, who works for … Continue reading Penguins set wedding theme
A visitor has captured a newborn meerkat’s first moments of life with these exclusive images. Andrew Daly had joined a Creature Feature talk and feed at the meerkat enclosure on June 25, just before 1pm, when he noticed the tiny mammal nestling on the rocks. Andrew, from Countesthorpe, Leicestershire, was on his first visit to DZG with his wife … Continue reading Newborn meerkats – pix exclusive