Despite standing at just 20cm tall, little Pascal the burrowing owl has a big personality! The five month-old was abandoned by his parents when he was just a week old and bird keepers stepped in to rear the youngster. The owl, who weighs a mere 134g now considers the staff his parents, noisily chirping whenever … Continue reading Little Pascal’s big personality!
Whooooooo! We’re gearing up for Hallowe’en and all getting into the spooky spirit here at DZG – orangutans included! Our great apes are all playful primates who love making up games with whatever they can get their hands on, so we’re renewing our plea for unwanted pillow cases, duvet covers, clean sheets and towels, which can … Continue reading Spooky Sprout’s sheet shoutout!
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!
Nine year-old Oliver Cobbold had the “best day ever” when he became a Little Zoo Keeper at DZG. Oliver, who is already an adopter of snow leopard, Margaash, was treated to the animal experience for his birthday. During his exciting day, Oliver mucked out on the farm, met our cheeky tapirs and some of our … Continue reading Oliver’s best day ever!
We’ve had some timely births in the bat enclosure just in time for Hallowe’en! This Egyptian fruit bat is just a few days old and is one of four newborns who can be spotted tucked up on their mums in the Castle Creatures exhibit throughout half term, which features approximately 80 Egyptian fruit and Seba’s … Continue reading Going batty for Hallowe’en
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!
Cecil the Sinaloan milk snake had a starring role in the launch of Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s forthcoming Christmas pantomime. The colourful VIP took his place in the official cast line-up for this year’s show, Aladdin, and quickly made friends with the stars – especially actress Lisa Riley who took a particular liking to the friendly reptile! … Continue reading Cecil joins panto launch!
DZG staff and visitors heard all about the vital conservation work being undertaken for the critically endangered blue-eyed black lemur in Madagascar during a special presentation. We’re three years into a five-year pledge to support the Lemur Conservation Association AEECL, which is helping secure a future for lemurs in the wild through a successful education … Continue reading Conservation comes to life
DZG highlighted the importance of natural habitats for native wildlife by growing our own mini meadow over the summer. By signing up to BIAZA’s (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) Grab That Gap campaign, we transformed an empty patch of land by the peccary enclosure into a carpet of colour complete with poppies, … Continue reading A carpet of colour!
We’ve sad news about DZG’s oldest cat, Bart, who died this morning. Following consultations with the zoo’s veterinary team, keepers took the decision to put the 22 year-old Geoffroy’s cat to sleep after a deterioration of his health in recent days. Curator Richard Brown, said: “Bart had surpassed the life expectancy of a captive wild cat … Continue reading Sad Bart news