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One week to go until the big 8-0!

There’s one week to go until the big 8-0 and we’re looking forward to our celebrations! There’s still time to sign up for Take a Walk on the Wild Side – a 5k walk around the zoo site, past some of the rarest animals in the world, in aid of our £800,000 appeal to build Continue reading One week to go until the big 8-0!

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?!

Search for Sally's stickers!

DZG’s Outreach Co-ordinator, Sally Skinner, is fully stocked with new colourful stickers ahead of her forthcoming summer season. Designed in-house by graphic designer, Rachel Lane, the vivid labels feature either a meerkat, snake or giraffe design and are given out to all young visitors who visit Sally while she’s out and about with her mobile roadshow. Continue reading Search for Sally’s stickers!

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!

Farm revamp begins

We’re starting work on a £90,000 revamp of our popular farmyard, which will allow visitors to get even closer to the animals. Contractors are demolishing the current barn, which will be replaced with one double its size and we’re hoping to get the new-look facility open in time for Whitsun. Zoo Manager, Matt Lewis, said: “The extension Continue reading Farm revamp begins

It's World Penguin Day

We’re celebrating our popular black and white aquatic birds today as it’s World Penguin Day! And we’re delighted to have raised £252.91 through our fundraising efforts on Sunday in aid of Sphenisco, which works to protect Humboldt penguins in their native Chile and Peru. Zoo bosses have also donated the sales of Sunday’s nectar pots Continue reading It’s World Penguin Day

Thousands celebrate St George

Thousands of visitors celebrated St George’s Day at DZG as we hosted the borough’s official celebrations. Joining forces with Dudley Council we held the patriotic extravaganza in the courtyard of 11th century Dudley Castle, complete with dragons, medieval re-enactors, Dippy the clown, stilt walkers, crafts, face painting, ghost walks and animal meet, greets and feeds. Continue reading Thousands celebrate St George

Pingu's 26!

Our oldest Humboldt penguin, Pingu, is celebrating his 26th birthday today! He’s a very special penguin to DZG as he was one of the founding members of the zoo colony back in 1991 having been hand-reared by keepers. The breeding programme, which was honoured with a prestigious BIAZA conservation award ten years ago, was headed Continue reading Pingu’s 26!

St George's flag's flying!

England’s national flag is flying atop Dudley Castle as DZG celebrates St George’s Day. Our maintenance team have hoisted the red and white flag in preparation for today’s patriotic event, when thousands of visitors will be joining us onsite from 3pm until 7pm to celebrate our patron saint, having snapped up bargain £2.50 entry tickets. Continue reading St George’s flag’s flying!

Celebrating Earth

DZG’s Colombian black spider monkeys are helping us raise awareness of Earth Day with some themed enrichment. The annual international awareness day celebrates the planet and focuses on the environmental issues it faces, aiming to encourage people to be greener. Recycling newspaper, Lower Primate keepers made papier mâché globes, which they filled with vegetable and Continue reading Celebrating Earth