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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!

Meet Will and Kate

Bird keepers at DZG have named two rare baby penguins after William and Kate. The Humboldt penguin chicks were born late November. DZG Chief Executive, Peter Suuddock, said: “We were thinking of names for the youngsters when the royal announcement was made so we called them William and Kate to mark the occasion. “Dudley Zoo Continue reading Meet Will and Kate

Vulnerable species studies

Staff at DZG are assisting with a scientific study into the behaviour of a vulnerable species of primate. DZG has established a bachelor group of white-faced saki monkeys (Pithecia pithecia) and invited Plymouth University researcher Sarah Bonsall to compare the social behaviour of the all-males with breeding groups of monogamous pairs and families. Registrar and Continue reading Vulnerable species studies

Muriel adopts lizard - seven decades after first visit

An octogenarian who visited DZG on its opening day in 1937 has achieved another ‘first’ by adopting a newly-arrived bearded dragon. Animal crazy Muriel Thatcher, aged 84, from Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, has adopted many of the site’s collection during the last 74 years but is the first adopter to take on Edmund, the colourful lizard. CAPTION: Continue reading Muriel adopts lizard – seven decades after first visit

DZG takes top tourist award for seventh year

Staff are celebrating after winning a top tourist attraction award for the seventh consecutive year. The VAQAS – Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme – award is issued by VisitBritain and follows tough inspection of the Zoo site and its facilities. CAPTION: Keeper Kirsty Thornton with the certificate.

USA expert meets tapirs

A world-renowned expert on tapirs travelled almost 5,000 miles to meet the family at DZG. Sheryl Todd, president and founder of the Tapir Preservation Fund based in Oregon in the USA, visited the leading Black Country tourist attraction with her partner Lee Spangler. Sheryl, who has a life-long interest in the animals and has raised Continue reading USA expert meets tapirs

Best of British Calendar

DZG’s 2011 calendar shows our commitment to the very Best of British. Throughout the months we explain why it’s important to buy British foods for our animals. Not simply British, but as locally grown to DZG as we can possibly get. It’s not a new story, we’ve been doing it since 1937 when the zoo Continue reading Best of British Calendar