We’re continuing our look back at DZG life as part of our 80th anniversary celebrations and this month we’re showcasing our miniature railway! The £2,000 Dudley Zoo Railway opened in June 1938 and travelled one mile through wooded land from the Bear Ravine to the zoo entrance. The two original two-ton steam engines, named Lady … Continue reading Throwback Thursday
Our otter family have been boosted by four more pups! Trainee Keeper, Danielle Partridge, managed to take the first photos of the Asiatic short-clawed babies, after spotting them emerging outside for one of their very first outings! The pups are the offspring of mum, Keyah, aged seven and 12 year-old dad, Buddy and are thought … Continue reading Baby otters!
Huge thanks to DZG visitors who helped us raise £503 during International Orangutan Day. Primate keepers manned an information stand, as they raised awareness about the threats facing the critically endangered Bornean orangutan. And through orang-themed raffles and sales of nectar pots in Lorikeet Lookout we were delighted to raise the funds, which we’re splitting … Continue reading Great day for apes!
Bank holiday visitors can help us save barn owls and kestrels today during our fundraising raptor event. Join bird keeper, Kriss Pearson in the 11th century castle courtyard throughout the day, when he’ll be raising funds and awareness about the plight of some of our native birds of prey – with the help of a … Continue reading Learn more about raptors
We don’t like waste here at DZG and try to reuse and recycle as much as we can – including the inside stone of a delicious summer fruit! Our animals tuck into seasonal produce on a daily basis and at this time of year they’re enjoying juicy peaches, melons and nectarines. But primate keepers have … Continue reading Summer fruit
We’re teaming up with Brewood Ringers today, who’ll be on-site demonstrating bird ringing to visitors. The group will be safely catching some of our small wild birds in the off-show woodland behind the giraffe and kangaroo enclosures using feeding stations and mist nests, before showing visitors how they record information about the birds before ringing … Continue reading Watch bird ringing today
We’re marking the fifth anniversary of our re-launched chairlift today! Following a £117,000 Heritage Lottery grant, we re-opened the passenger-carrying aerial ropeway on August 24, 2012 after being out of use for more than a decade and it’s remained as popular as ever. Zoo Manager Matt Lewis, said: “The chairlift first opened in May 1958 … Continue reading Five years of flight!
New Zealand holidaymakers, Susan, Oliver and Gemma Gosling found time in their busy itinerary to learn more about some of the world’s rarest animals here at DZG. The day of the visit coincided with 10 year-old Gemma’s birthday, who was treated to a Little Zoo Keeper experience, where she met some of the zoo’s tamer … Continue reading Overseas visitors
The farm’s female guinea pigs have their very own castle hideout, thanks to the talents of a group of crafty Dudley pensioners. We’ve once again joined forces with the Senior Citizens Enterprise Woodwork Group, based at nearby Meadow Road Youth Centre, who have constructed the large castle for our new farm barn and the guinea … Continue reading Castle hideout!
Visitors can enjoy Slush Puppie next week as the raspberry roadster visits DZG. We’ll be dishing out the fruit flavoured slushie between 11.15am – 4pm from Monday through to Sunday with the mobile unit located in the castle courtyard. Plus, on Thursday we’ll be welcoming the brand’s mascot, Slush Puppie, himself on site, who will … Continue reading Slush Puppie samples