Ungulates

Fancy tickling a tapir?!

Don’t forget we’re celebrating World Tapir Day this weekend by offering visitors a chance to give DZG’s Meena and Chico a tickle. We’re raising money for World Land Trust by holding a raffle to win a close encounter with our Brazilian tapirs. Keepers will be selling raffle tickets outside the South American paddock today and Continue reading Fancy tickling a tapir?!

We're talking tapirs!

It’s World Tapir Day and we’re raising awareness of this loveable, but endangered species. Leading DZG’s celebrations are Brazilian tapirs, Meena and Chico, who are both 14 years-old and some of our most popular animals on site, because of their gentle nature and love of fuss! And to mark the occasion, we’re raising money for Continue reading We’re talking tapirs!

Traditional Good Friday treats

It’s Good Friday and some of DZG’s animals have traditional fare on the menu today. Brazilian tapirs, Meena and Chico, Asiatic black bear, Inca and Bornean orangutans Jazz, Sprout, Jorong and Benji were treated to hot cross buns for breakfast. Curator Richard Brown, said: “The spiced bun, made with dried fruit and spices, is a special Continue reading Traditional Good Friday treats

A new mixed exhibit

Our four Patagonian mara have relocated to the Howler monkey enclosure to form a new mixed South American exhibit. Assistant Curator, Jay Haywood, said: “The two species work well together as they’re both native to the same area in the wild and have proved a successful mixed exhibit at other collections. “They have separate indoor Continue reading A new mixed exhibit

Standing tall for Marie Curie

DZG’s Rothschild giraffe, Kubwa, stood tall to help raise support for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal. The campaign, which runs throughout March, raises money and awareness for the terminal illness charity through sales of daffodil pins. Fundraisers will be collecting in Stourbridge town centre on Saturday, March 11 and Dudley on Saturday, March 18 and the Continue reading Standing tall for Marie Curie

A birthday trio!

Three of our youngest animals are celebrating birthdays today! Not only is our handsome giraffe, Kito turning three, but our gorgeous African Pygmy goat girls, Daffy and Dilly, are marking their first special day too! Trainee Keeper Amy Paddock, treated the twins to a kid friendly carrot cake, with apple, goat mix, carrot and a Continue reading A birthday trio!

Appeal for anniversary memories

We’re hoping to take a trip down Memory Lane for DZG’s 80th anniversary. Ahead of our May milestone we’re appealing for visitors to send us their favourite zoo memories, photos, film footage or memorabilia which we can feature as part of our anniversary celebrations. Media and Communications Officer, Rachel Hickman, said: “DZG turning 80 is a fantastic Continue reading Appeal for anniversary memories

Stars visit the zoo!

Panto stars Joe McElderry and Lucy Kay enjoyed some free time meeting the animals at DZG. The musical pair who are currently appearing in Aladdin at The Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton had a fun morning touring the zoo site and spotting our animals alongside dancer Katrina Ridley, before they headed back for the matinee performance. Continue reading Stars visit the zoo!

Recycling the decorations!

DZG’s animals are enjoying their own festive fun now it’s time to take down the decorations. Keepers are recycling the Christmas fir trees from Santa’s recent grotto in the 11th century Dudley Castle by adding them into the enclosures of many of the site’s animals. The trees not only provide exciting enrichment opportunities for the Continue reading Recycling the decorations!