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
Two female Nile monitors are settling into a new home in the Reptile House. The 12 year-olds have relocated to the large enclosure, adjacent to the West African Dwarf crocodiles, which keepers have revamped with a running waterfall, pool, heat lamps, large tropical foliage and a sandy cave. Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “Nile monitors … Continue reading New home for Nile monitors
We’ve said goodbye to three lemurs who have gone to join a new animal collection in York, but said a brief hello to a familiar face! Black lemurs, Florence and Kagani, as well as collared lemur, Fred, have joined Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park and were collected by park manager, Caroline Howard – a … Continue reading Lemurs leave
We’re continuing our look back at DZG across the decades as part of our 80th anniversary celebrations. Today we’re turning back the clock to the 1950’s and the opening of the Reptile House. The building was opened in May 1956 by British ornithologist and conservationist, Sir Peter Scott, who founded the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. … Continue reading Throwback Thursday
Five new exotic arrivals have boosted the Reptile House stock. Four Philippian Sailfin lizards and a Giant Asian Pond Turtle have arrived from Chessington Zoo and are already on show to visitors – with the turtle found sharing the dwarf crocodile enclosure. The spectacular looking sailfin lizards are known for their fanlike sail at the base … Continue reading New reps settle in