It’s birthday week in the red panda enclosure as Yasmin and Gawa celebrate their special days. Yasmin – pictured above – is 12 today, while Gawa – pictured below – turned two last week. The colourful pair were given their favourite pear and banana treats by Trainee Keeper, Josh Luxton, who is currently spending time … Continue reading Birthday pandas
We received a lovely delivery of handwritten thank you letters from a class of Staffordshire pupils who loved their school trip to DZG. The pupils from Carmountside Primary Academy in Stoke-on-Trent, took part in an Africa education session last month. During the hour-long workshop the Year Two children heard all about the animals that live … Continue reading Thank you letters
Our gardeners have had a busy few days planting the site with thousands of colourful flowers. The team have transformed the formal beds around the medieval castle, as well as the turnstile entrance, borders around the chairlift, pots outside the Queen Mary Restaurant and for the first time, the borders on top of the former … Continue reading Carpets of colour
It’s World Camel Day and our three Bactrians, Charles, Jimandi and Fergie will be playing a key role in helping us raise awareness of the critically endangered wild camel. … Continue reading Celebrating camels
It’s World Giraffe Day and we’re helping shed light on the challenges the planet’s tallest species face in the wild. And we’re delighted to have raised £651.86 for the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF), following a weekend of fundraising, when visitors got the chance to feed our three giraffes by entering our raffle, as well as … Continue reading Giraffe awareness
Our seven chimpanzee girls enjoyed a cooling frozen treat in the warm weather. In celebration of Fanny’s 43rd birthday yesterday, keepers filled bamboo canes with natural yoghurt, which they then popped in the freezer. Lower Primates Keeper, Jodie Dryden, said: “It was really interested to see three different reactions to the chimp-friendly ice lollies. “Some … Continue reading Cooling chimp treats
For one night only, film fans are invited to join us in the 11th century Dudley Castle courtyard, as we once again transform into an open-air cinema. As the animals tuck in for the night and the sun drops behind the castle’s medieval walls, we’ll be hosting the cult horror-comedy ‘An American Werewolf in London’ on … Continue reading Film night returns!
Happy Father’s Day to all you doting dads! We hope you have a fabulous day being spoilt by your offspring. And remember we’re offering free entry into the zoo on Sunday for all dads accompanied by a full-paying adult or child, so you can discover all about our fathers great and small, including Rothschild giraffe, … Continue reading Happy Father’s Day!
A stowaway in a supply of sprats provided a tasty treat for our Asiatic short-clawed otters. Keepers discovered a large frozen crab in amongst our normal delivery of fish from Poole, which they defrosted and gave to our group of five otters. Trainee Keeper, Josh Luxton, said: “Otters would naturally feed on crabs and other … Continue reading A surprise stowaway
Visitors can help us stand tall and raise funds for World Giraffe Day this weekend. Throughout tomorrow and Sunday we’re offering the chance for giraffe fans to win a close encounter to feed our trio – Kubwa, Josie and Kito. As well as highlighting the threats giraffes face in the wild, keepers will be selling … Continue reading Feed & fundraise