Steph Meakin had the “best day” of her life when she became a DZG keeper for the day. It was a birthday treat to remember for the 36 year-old from Derby, who took part in the unique experience with husband, Philip. Throughout their experience the couple worked alongside big cat, primate and ungulate keepers and helped … Continue reading Steph’s best day
With our exotic animals producing an average of 29 tonnes of waste every month, two new custom made muck trailers are proving to be very useful for DZG keepers! The large trailers, made locally for us by Kaytow in Brierley Hill, carry a tonne of waste each, which has enabled our staff to speed up … Continue reading No mucking around!
DZG’s three giraffes are keeping their feet neat following a fresh delivery of gravel. Keepers have spread 40 tonnes of gravel across the 40-acre site, adding it into the giraffe and reindeer paddock as well as down on the farm. But the loose chippings have an important use for our long-legged ungulates as it helps … Continue reading Gravel keeps feet neat!
Our littlest Brazilian tapir, Luna, has almost lost all her distinctive baby spots and stripes. The eight-month old now looks a world away from those first few photographs as she scuttled around the South American paddock with mum, Meena. Trainee Keeper, Josh Luxton, said: “Tapirs begin to moult out their stripes and spots by the … Continue reading Luna loses spots and stripes
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!
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!
We’re wishing our giraffe, Josie, a very happy ninth birthday today! Our three giraffes have been kept snug and warm indoors during the recent cold snap, where temperatures are kept at a constant 22 degrees. But staff have been keeping the trio entertained with salt licks and enrichment feeders. Discover more about the vulnerable species … Continue reading Josie’s nine today!
The reindeer herd are enjoying their daily visits to the 11th century castle courtyard as part of our Winter Wonderland grotto. And for the first time, our 2017 youngsters, Ivy, Doreen and Basil have been learning the ropes so they too can join Santa. Trainee Keeper, Ellis Robinson, has been working with the herd over … Continue reading Reindeer learn the ropes!
Congratulations to apprentices, Harry Upton and Mary Taylor, who have landed full-time positions here at DZG. The pair have secured their dream jobs as trainee keepers after impressing zoo bosses with their hardworking attitude since joining us as apprentices at the start of the year. Harry, from Halesowen, said: “I’m immensely happy. “When I was … Continue reading Congratulations to our newest keepers!