Zoo Director Derek Grove will be representing DZG at the town’s annual Remembrance Sunday event today. Derek will be laying a poppy wreath at the Dudley cenotaph in Ednam Road on behalf of all the zoo’s staff, who are encouraged to wear poppies on their uniform out of respect for our servicemen and women. Following … Continue reading Remembering the fallen
Birthday celebrations are continuing in the orangutan house as today it’s Jazz’s celebratory day! Our great ape matriarch turns 26 and keepers have got her a few surprise treats lined up to help her mark her day. Not only has she got some wrapped gifts to open first thing, keepers will also be whipping up … Continue reading Birthday gifts for Jazz
Autumn brings about one of our zoo keepers’ least loved tasks – collecting up fallen leaves! Although it may seem an endless job, our forward-thinking ungulate staff are busy making sure our leaf-eating mammals will be set for winter by stockpiling the driest fallen foliage. Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “Being situated on a 40-acre … Continue reading Preparing for winter
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!