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Banika produces the perfect pout on International Kissing Day

Banika puckers up!

7 July 2015
DZG’s chimp Banika produced a perfect pout for Keepers on International Kissing Day.        ABOVE - Give us a peck! Some of Banika's superb smackers on International Kissing Day The 20-year-old female, pictured...
Apprentice Keeper Ryan Clarke welcomes Sol the baby Barbary sheep

Say hola to Sol!

7 July 2015
DZG’s new little Barbary sheep has been named Sol – after he was born on the day of the summer solstice. The little mountain sheep was born on June 21st – the longest day – and was given the new name by keepers who...
Classsic car show is set to roll into the Castle courtyard on July 19th

Gearing up for classic car show

6 July 2015
Vintage and veteran vehicles will soon be rolling into Dudley Castle courtyard as we gear up for the West Midlands Classic Car Club’s annual show. The exciting event has taken place in the Castle’s courtyard for the last 26 years...
DZG's new play equipment is almost ready for action

Ready, steady, play!

6 July 2015
DZG’s new £20,000 play equipment is almost ready for action as workmen have completed the impressive installation. ABOVE: DZG Registrar and Research Co-ordinator, and our health and safety officer, Dr David Beeston oversees the...
Specialist equipment and contractors were brought into DZG to tackle tall trees

Lofty job of maintaining trees

5 July 2015
DZG’s gardening team called in specialist contractors and a 100ft crane to help them tackle three towering trees. A tree surgeon and the specialist equipment were drafted in to cut back three mature ash trees within our 40-acre site....
Walsall mum and daughter raved about being DZG Keepers for a Day

DZG poster prompts perfect day!

5 July 2015
A Walsall mum and daughter turned Keepers for the Day after spotting a poster promoting the experience on an earlier visit to DZG. A sign advertising our keeper packages caught the eye of Jackie Blewitt and as a surprise her husband booked...
Six tonnes of woodchip has been added to DZG's Orang House

Summertime spruce up!

4 July 2015
Bornean orang utan Jazz had fun in the sun while Keepers were hard at work adding tonnes of new woodchip to her internal enclosure. ABOVE: Ape-ing around - Jazz enjoys herself outside while her indoor area gets a makeover Jazz lapped up the...
Senior Keeper Jodie Dryden is appealing for bamboo roots for our red pandas

Bring in your bamboo!

3 July 2015
DZG has put out a plea for bamboo roots so it can grow more plants to provide food for our red pandas. Senior Keeper Jodie Dryden, pictured above, and the rest of the Ungulates team are appealing for anyone digging up bamboo from their...
Splashing on the suncream as the temperatures soar!

Feeling hot, hot, hot!

2 July 2015
When the heat is on, Dudley Zoo's keepers are busy ensuring hundreds of exotic and endangered animals keep cool. And with our 1,300-strong collection that can mean a busy schedule for staff across our 40-acre site.  Drinking...
Tapir Meena gets a juicy pineapple for her 13th birthday

You’re a teenager, Meena!

2 July 2015
A tropical treat was the order of the day as DZG tapir, Meena, turned 13. Ungulates Apprentice Keeper Ellis Robinson served up some pineapple as a special gift for the birthday girl, pictured above, who shared the fruit with her partner 13-...