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Preparing for winter

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

DZG attends BIAZA meet

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

New birds fly in!

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!

Benji's 40!

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!

A winter relocation

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

Meena helps out school challenge

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

Giant dwarfs DZG's giant!

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!