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Classic Cars make Dad's Day

Rolls Royces, Austin Sevens and a meerkat named Martin helped to make dad’s day when the West Midlands Classic Car Club joined forces with DZG. More than 70 vintage vehicles were on display in the courtyard of 11th century Dudley Castle on Sunday (June 19) as part of Father’s Day celebrations at the zoo which Continue reading Classic Cars make Dad’s Day

Calendar boosts Help for Heroes

Proceeds from our 2011 calendar, which features animals with their favourite Best of British foods, has been split between DZG’s Madagascar Campaign – supporting lemurs in the wild – and Help for Heroes. CEO Peter Suddock said:?”The calendar has sold tremendously well this year.  “We have dispatched funds to Madagascar and are sorting out a Continue reading Calendar boosts Help for Heroes

Orang utan born at DZG

A Bornean orang utan born at DZG has made her public debut. The six-week-old was brought into the general viewing area of the great ape house by mum, 19-year-old Jazz and the pair have gradually ventured further around the enclosure into the external sections – and the sunshine.   From birth the baby, who keepers Continue reading Orang utan born at DZG

DZG's Royal Wedding!

Hundreds of visitors joined DZG’s royal celebrations with our very own Will and Kate. In honour of the Royal Wedding DZG?named two rare Humboldt penguins William and Kate.   The tiny two were hand reared by dedicated keepers after being rejected by their mums during autumn’s cold snap. Since November they have made steady progress Continue reading DZG’s Royal Wedding!

King Arthur says hello

Spamalot took on a Black Country backdrop when comedian Phill Jupitus and his merry men  visited DZG. The much-acclaimed touring Monty Python musical was on stage at Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre, but Phill, who plays King Arthur, and his knights took time out from rehearsals to visit 11th century Dudley Castle for a photocall.   And DZG Continue reading King Arthur says hello

Easter eggs-travaganza!

APRIL 13 – 25, 2011: More than 40,000 visitors flocked to DZG throughout the holiday period, where a handful of new animal arrivals proved firm favourites with the crowds. DZG Chief Executive Peter Suddock said: “We’ve had a fantastic Easter and Bank Holiday period with visitor figures topping 40,000.  “There’s been lots going on across Continue reading Easter eggs-travaganza!

Tall order for keepers

A double delivery proved a tall order for keepers when two females joined lone male Kubwa in the giraffe paddock.   First to arrive was two-year-old Josie, followed by seven-year-old Mia, both from Norfolk collections.   The girls have joined 10-year-old Rothschild Kubwa as part of an international breeding programme.   DZG?Chief Executive Peter Suddock said:?”We Continue reading Tall order for keepers

Springtime arrivals

Families from across the country have been learning about some of the world’s rarest species at DZG and meeting springtime newcomers including . . . Female giraffes Josie and Mia  Five-week-old Brazilian tapir Tallulah   Amur tiger Makari   Twelve-month-old Bactrian camels Charles and Jamindi   Six-month-old micro-pig Harley   Four-month-old Lar gibbon Luna   Continue reading Springtime arrivals

Compare our meerkats

Loved-up meerkats have doubled the size of their colony at DZG in just five months.  Proud parents Martin, aged seven, and ten-year-old Mabel produced two litters of triplets bringing the meerkat population to 13 – our largest ever.   Deputy Curator Richard Brown said: “It’s been a great time for meerkats, they are among our Continue reading Compare our meerkats

Orang aid for Jorong!

A cake a day keeps the doc away for one of DZG’s most popular animals. Twelve-year-old Bornean orang utan, Jorong, stubbornly refused to take medicine prescribed to treat a chest infection – until a concerned keeper had the brainwave of hiding it in a doughnut. DZG Senior Curator Derek Grove said: “Jorong didn’t like the Continue reading Orang aid for Jorong!