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!
We’re having another peek into the zoo archives and this month we’re recalling some of the famous faces who have visited DZG over the last 80 years. How many do you recognise? 1937 : HRH the Duke of Kent was a regular visitor during the zoo’s early years. 1937: Indian child film star, Sabu, who … Continue reading Throwback Thursday
Can you help us as we renew our plea for playthings for our primates? Our stocks of unwanted and clean bed linen and towels, which keepers use to provide enrichment for our Bornean orangutans and chimpanzees, are running low and we’re appealing for help from visitors to help replenish them. Assistant Curator, Jay Haywood, said: … Continue reading Primate playtime plea
Standing tall at 18 feet, you’d think it would be an effort for our birthday boy giraffe to get up from the floor. But watch how 17 year-old Kubwa pops up in seconds after spying keeper Josh arrive with his birthday breakfast! Trainee Keeper, Josh Luxton, said: “We know by looking at CCTV footage that … Continue reading Kubwa’s up for birthday breakfast!
Keepers are giving out colourful new stickers down on the farm to young visitors who come and meet our critters! Designed in-house by graphic designer, Rachel Lane, the bright labels, which feature a variety of farm animals alongside our new barn mascot – a giant bunny – are being given out to all young visitors … Continue reading Stickers and critters!
We’re looking forward to seeing your crafty carved pumpkins this week – and don’t forget in return for every donation we receive for our Halloween pumpkin patch competition, we’re offering discounted entry for up to four people! And the best design will win an adoption of Narna, our special Castle Creatures Egyptian fruit bat, who … Continue reading Get carving for discounted entry
Two DZG keepers are hitting the books as they begin their Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA). Senior Bird Keeper, Ben Vanes and Lower Primates Keeper, Jade Reddall, are the latest recruits to boost their knowledge and skills in animal care as they undertake the qualification, known as the industry standard … Continue reading Keepers hit the books