Dedicated supporters

John and Joyce Reed, from Shropshire, are dedicated supporters of DZG after becoming Keepers for a Day. Sixty six year old John was most impressed with the unusual gift from his wife and spent the action-packed day shadowing keeping staff. He said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the day, it was an excellent present and we enjoyed it so much Continue reading Dedicated supporters

Pretty flamingo - at 45!

A Chilean flamingo is the oldest resident on DZG’s 40-acre site. The leggy lovely has been based at the flamingo waterfalls since the 1960s and staff reckon she’s now officially our oldest bird! Curator, Matt Lewis, said: “She was certainly here during the mid 60s so that puts her at a very good age for this Continue reading Pretty flamingo – at 45!

Brushing up on dental duties

Keeper Jo Turner brushed up on dental duties when she cleaned an alpaca’s teeth during a routine check.  Several of the more manageable species within the collection, such as ungulates and primates, have monthly check-ups, including our Patagonian sea lions whose teeth are not only checked over, but cleaned as part of regular veterinary care.   Continue reading Brushing up on dental duties

Alice's adventures lead to Japan

DZG volunteer Alice Martin is settling into her new role – half way round the world. Twenty-three-year-old Alice, from Bushbury, Wolverhampton, who was also a member of our Little Zoo Keeper team, has moved to Japan where she will be teaching English. She said: “I am really excited about going to Japan, it’s a childhood dream come true. Continue reading Alice’s adventures lead to Japan

Spotlight on Tectons

Trainee broadcast journalists Amani Rodriguez and Victoria Bourne spent a morning on site compiling footage on DZG’s four Modernist structures earmarked for restoration in the £1.15m HLF programme. Amani and Victoria filmed around the site before interviewing CEO?Peter Suddock and Head of Media and Communications Jill Hitchman about the project which is due to start Continue reading Spotlight on Tectons

Tapirs' tasty treats

A glut of fruits donated by Shropshire woman, Tricia Chevin, provided tasty treats for father and son Brazilian tapirs, Chico and Ronnie. Bags of grapes and pears grown in Tricia’s Dallicote garden were shared between Primates and Ungulates sections. Assistant Curator, Richard Brown, said: “The grapes went down very well with the Gelada baboons and Continue reading Tapirs’ tasty treats

Foxy returns!

BRMB breakfast show presenter Foxy loved his radio station’s Community Service at DZG so much he arranged a private visit. He brought along a few friends and colleagues to meet his zoo favourites and spent an afternoon on site chatting to keepers about the collection. CAPTIONS:?RIGHT: Foxy feeds hungry Asiatic lion, Itar.  BELOW: Tickling a Continue reading Foxy returns!

Jessica joins zoo crew

South Staffs teenager, Jessica Brookes, joined Dudley Zoo crew for a week during work placement from Wolverhampton Grammar School. Sixteen-year-old Jessica, of Stourton, spent time with Keepers, Marketing, Retail and Press Office throughout the week. She shadowed keeping staff for two days, including work on the farm and primates sections, plus birds and big cats. Head Continue reading Jessica joins zoo crew

DZG's 2012 calendar on sale

It’s arrived – our 2012 calendar is now on the shelves in the Safari Gift Shop. Inspired by this year’s bumper number of newcomers, the calendar features a dozen newborns and their mums. There’s Bornean orang utan Sprout and mum Jazz, emperor tamarin Edwina and mother Muriel and a day old capybara, who keepers have Continue reading DZG’s 2012 calendar on sale

Macaques move into new home

A group of rare Sulawesi crested macaques has moved into a new enclosure designed in-house to meet the needs of the critically endangered primates. Two males and two females of the five-strong group were recently transferred from Ramat Gan Zoo in Tel Aviv, Israel, and were quarantined for six months. The transfer was part of Continue reading Macaques move into new home