Keepers have an extra head to count in this year’s census following the birth of a gelada baboon. The baby was born on December 21 and is the second baby for 11 year-old Addis, who is also mum to three year-old Billie. Visitors can already spot the youngster closely tucked up to mum in their … Continue reading An extra head to count…
From Asha the Asiatic lioness to Zeb the black and white ruffed lemur, every animal has to be counted as Dudley Zoological Gardens begins its yearly stocktake. The annual audit forms part of the licensing requirements of all UK zoos and wildlife parks and involves keepers totting up every invertebrate, bird, mammal, reptile and amphibian … Continue reading Stocktake’s underway!
Our primates are enjoying Christmas Day leftovers as our keepers whip them up a traditional Boxing Day dish! The likes of our chimpanzees, howler monkeys and gelada baboons will be tucking into lashings of bubble and squeak made up of yesterday’s surplus veggies, including potatoes, peas, sprouts and carrots from keepers’ roast dinners! Lower Primates … Continue reading Boxing Day bubble & squeak!
It’s Christmas Eve and many of our exotic species have their stockings hanging ready for tonight’s VIP visit from the man in red. Santa will be leaving his Winter Wonderland grotto in our 11th century castle this afternoon, so he has time to harness our reindeer and fill his sleigh with gifts, before setting off … Continue reading All ready for tomorrow!
If you’re looking for a unique Christmas gift for an animal lover, then why not consider a DZG Keeper for a Day and help us raise funds for our new orangutan enclosure. All purchases of adult and little zoo keeper experiences are going towards our £800,000 fundraising appeal to build a new outdoor enclosure for … Continue reading Keeper days raise orang funds
Sprouts were on the menu for our seven chimp girls, who enjoyed a festive feast, thanks to a donation from The Fellows pub. Bosses at Dudley’s The Broadway-based bar donated eight large tubs of leftover steamed seasonal carrots, sprouts, potatoes and peas to primate keepers who dished them out to our grateful apes. Lower Primates … Continue reading Chimps’ early festive feast
Keepers carried out a health check of our youngest yellow-breasted capuchin and weren’t surprised to discover he’s another boy! Chewie, as he’s been officially named, is the seventh baby to be born at DZG since we introduced the critically endangered species in 2011 following his August 22 birth to mum, Holly and dad, Willow. Upper … Continue reading Chewie’s a little cutie!
Sprout, our juvenile orangutan has lost her first baby tooth! Upper Primate keepers have noticed the six year-old Bornean has lost her top front right tooth and her first adult tooth is already making an appearance! Keeper Deb Pittaway, said: “Orangutans usually start losing their milk teeth around five years of age, so Sprout is … Continue reading Sprout loses first tooth!
Time’s running out for visitors to help us choose our 2018 redevelopment project. Since the summer we’ve been asking all visitors who add the ten per cent voluntary donation to their entrance fee to vote for one of three major projects we’ve got in the pipeline involving either bears, tigers or chimpanzees. At the moment, … Continue reading Still time to vote
THANK YOU to everyone who has donated sheets, towels and duvet covers for our primates – but we’ve got enough for now! We’ve been inundated with bags of linen from generous supporters since we appealed for help in providing our chimpanzees and orangutans with enrichment. Lower Primates Senior Keeper, Jodie Dryden, said: “Thank you to everyone … Continue reading Successful sheet appeal!