Dudley Zoological Gardens has begun its annual census by counting every animal living on site. The yearly task is part of the licensing requirements of all UK zoos and wildlife parks and involves keepers having to tot up all mammals, invertebrates, birds, amphibians and reptiles in their care and with more than 1,500 animals on … Continue reading Everyone counts!
It’s almost New Year and the bubbles are already freely flowing at DZG as we look forward to celebrating our 80th anniversary. Our meerkat mob had great fun with some bubble enrichment following a delivery from our Amazon Wishlist from generous supporters Julie and Roy Holden, who sent us two large plastic trugs, a bubble … Continue reading New Year bubbles!
We’re wishing a very happy eighth birthday to Josie the giraffe. Our long-legged lovely was delivered a delicious bouquet from keeper Holly Clayton-Wright, first thing this morning consisting of her some of her favourite foliage! Staff make sure Josie, Kubwa and Kito are still able to tuck into leafy treats throughout autumn and winter by storing branches … Continue reading Eight today!
There’s just 10 days to go and there are two DZG girls who are particularly excited for the big day. As this year is the first time our baby reindeer, Sunflower and Jasmine, have met the man in red! The youngsters made headlines earlier this year when they were both unusually born in the height of … Continue reading Merry Christmas, deer!
DZG’s giraffes were thrust into the TV spotlight as news broke that their iconic species is now sadly threatened with extinction. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List has regraded the giraffe as vulnerable following a devastating 40 per cent decline in numbers over the last 30 years, driven by habitat loss, civil … Continue reading Giraffes in the spotlight
There are two new additions in the Patagonian mara enclosure following the birth of twins! The babies were born to mum Martha and dad Lenny, on November 17 and are both doing well. Senior Keeper, Sarah Evans, said: “They both seem very strong and are feeding from mum well, so we’re very pleased!” Keepers are … Continue reading Baby maras!
DZG’s three giraffes are under investigation as part of a student research dissertation into a parasite that strikes large ruminants – and their poo is providing vital clues! Keepers had to collect individual 20g fecal samples from Kubwa, Josie and Kito every three days for a month, which had to be frozen and rated before … Continue reading Giraffe poo aids research
It’s a big day for our handsome Rothschild’s giraffe, Kubwa, who’s celebrating his 16th birthday! And keepers treated the birthday boy to some of his favourite browse delivered in his own personalised carved pumpkin, as his big day falls in our half term Freak Week – and don’t forget we’re offering discounted admission to visitors this … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Kubwa!
Recently arrived giant anteater Romy, has her first adopter and it’s none other than our longest visiting supporter, Muriel Thatcher. The animal-crazy 90 year-old, who has been regularly visiting DZG since its opening day in 1937, has adopted many of the site’s collection over the last 79 years, but is Romy’s first one! Muriel said: “I … Continue reading Romy’s first adopter!
It’s officially autumn and we’ve reverted to reduced opening hours. Visitors will now be able to gain entry to DZG from 10am until 3pm, with the site closing 90 minutes later. Zoo Manager Matt Lewis, said: “At this time of year it drops dusk quite quickly out on site, so we always make sure all … Continue reading It’s officially autumn!