A new Amazon Tree boa has arrived at DZG and gone on display in our Reptile House. The male snake has come from Sparsholt College in Hampshire and has moved in with our two other Amazon Tree boas. Senior Keeper Sam Grove said: “He is settling in nicely and is getting to know his new … Continue reading New reptile resident
A Tokay gecko has been born in the Reptile House. The baby is currently off-show and is being reared by keepers. Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “Tokay geckos have sticky eggs and we noticed dozens of eggs stuck onto the exhibit’s walls. “We had one baby hatch, which we had to remove from the enclosure … Continue reading Reptile House birth
Our smallest Discovery Centre critters are finding new uses for empty festive chocolate and biscuit boxes. As the leftover plastic tubs are being recycled into shelters for the likes of our snakes and lizards, including Kimber, our children’s python, pictured above, who slithered into her new home straight away! Head of Education, Phil Turner, said: … Continue reading Recycled hideaways
We’ve introduced a new breeding pair of snakes in the Reptile House following the arrival of a female to DZG. Keepers have relocated the male Dumeril’s ground boa from the Discovery Centre into the reptile exhibit and paired him with a new female from Rodbaston College in Staffordshire. Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “The female … Continue reading Snakes pair up!
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!
It’s 2018! We’re looking forward to another busy year ahead at Dudley Zoological Gardens with lots of exciting projects and species planned, including new binturong, naked mole rats and Prevost’s squirrel exhibits and a beach area for our young visitors. We hope you’ll join us in 2018 – there’ll be plenty to see!
We’ve had a fang-tastic start to our Freak Week, plus another first in our 80th anniversary year following the birth of five Jamaican boas. The babies were born to parents Bob and Marley in the Reptile House. Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “In the wild the parents don’t live with the babies and would leave … Continue reading Jamaican boa births
Rhino iguana, Jane, couldn’t wait to munch her favourite food when keepers delivered her daily breakfast. Keepers have discovered the seven year-old has a particular fondness for peppers and filmed her picking all the sweet tasting vegetables out of her food bowl to enjoy first. Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “Jane will always eat the … Continue reading Picking peppers
We’ve welcomed back a venomous species to the Reptile House for the first time in 26 years. Two Mexican beaded lizards, one of just two venomous lizard species in the world, have joined the DZG collection, prompting extra safety measures for keepers. Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, pictured above, said: “Their venom glands are located in … Continue reading Venomous reptile returns
Keepers have introduced a new mixed exhibit in the Reptile House as our three red-tailed green rat snakes are now living alongside two Borneo blood pythons in a newly renovated enclosure. Senior Keeper Sam Grove, said: “Both species come from Southeast Asia, so live in similar tropical conditions. “They’re also a great species to put … Continue reading Shared home for snakes