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
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!
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!
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