Two senior keepers represented DZG at the annual BIAZA Mammal Working Group Conference. Jodie Dryden and Sam Grove travelled to Yorkshire Wildlife Park for the two-day event which included presentations covering a range of mammalian topics from training and enrichment to conservation and reproduction. Jodie, who attended in her role as co-chair of the BIAZA … Continue reading DZG attends BIAZA meet
Birds Section Leader, Nicola Wright went on a road trip to collect some new additions to our feathered collection. Travelling to Newquay Zoo and Exmoor Zoo, Nicola picked up six red breasted geese and four cinnamon teals. Nicola said: “The geese and teals have already settled into the South American pool opposite the Discovery Centre … Continue reading New birds fly in!
We’re wishing our oldest and much-loved Bornean orangutan, Benji, a very happy 40th birthday today! Keepers surprised the birthday boy with a piñata for his big day, which he discovered hanging from his outdoor climbing frame this morning, filled with tasty treats to enjoy. He’s had a busy weekend celebrating his milestone with hundreds of visitors, … Continue reading Benji’s 40!
DZG’s seven Cameroon sheep have relocated across the zoo site for the winter. Keepers have moved the livestock from the castle bank onto the grass alongside the Queen Mary restaurant. Farm Section Leader, Lesley Lewis, said: “We caught up the sheep individually and gave them a quick health check, including washing their feet and worming … Continue reading A winter relocation
DZG visitors got up close to a number of native feathered friends during bird ringing demonstrations. Brewood Ringers spent a day on site during half term, led by our Customer Services Team Member and trainee bird ringer, Emma Dingley, as they showed members of the public how they catch some of the zoo site’s small … Continue reading Successful bird ringing
Brazilian tapir, Meena, helped out with Alexia Chapman’s half term school challenge when she became a Little Zoo Keeper for a Day at DZG. Alexia, aged 11, was tasked by her Kingswinford primary school to be photographed reading a book in a unique way during the week-long holiday. And Alexia used her keeper day as … Continue reading Meena helps out school challenge
DZG’s giant English rabbit, Otis, was dwarfed by a real giant at the launch of Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s forthcoming Christmas pantomime. The heavyweight bunny took his place in the official colourful cast line-up for this year’s show, Jack and the Beanstalk, alongside our Outreach Co-ordinator, Sally Skinner. The panto, which DZG is sponsoring, opens on … Continue reading Giant dwarfs DZG’s giant!
Spooky carved Halloween treats didn’t scare DZG’s exotic animals who have been enjoying pumpkin playtime. Many of our species, from little Lumos the albino pygmy hedgehog, to our cotton-top tamarin and rainbow lorikeets have been tucking into the seasonal hollowed-out vegetables which staff filled with favourite foods. Assistant Curator Jay Haywood, said: “The Halloween treats, … Continue reading Halloween pumpkin playtime
We’re celebrating the 40th birthday of one of DZG’s most iconic animals, our Bornean orangutan, Benji and we’re throwing a big birthday bash in his honour! Join us this weekend, ahead of his birthday on Monday (Nov 6) as we hold a two-day fundraiser in aid of our £800,000 orangutan enclosure appeal. Visitors can take … Continue reading Benji’s big birthday bash!
Have you spotted our special bat who can’t fly? Narna, an Egyptian fruit bat, can be found in our Castle Creatures exhibit, but we’ve never seen her fly and we’ve no idea why she won’t! Trainee Keeper, Cara Sheldon, said: “Narna’s approximately three years old and she just hasn’t flown since we had her. “When … Continue reading Narna, our special bat!