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Easter funtime!

Farm staff took time out today to decorate scarecrow Freddie in his holiday finery. Senior Keeper Lesley Lewis and trainee keeper Hannah Follows piled Easter embellishments aplenty on the straw man who is based in Rabbitworld. And Eliza Lewis, aged eight, joined the fun by decorating a couple of goose eggs ready for Easter Sunday. Continue reading Easter funtime!

Let’s remember that Born Free’s ultimate aim is to close ALL zoos, and thus any report has to be viewed within such limited confines. Where reference is made to DZG it is based on highly selective and, in parts, ill-informed data; information that would have been readily checked had Born Free contacted DZG. During a live Continue reading DZG response to Born Free report

Duo's running commentary

Keep fit enthusiasts Sam Foxall and Ali Fellows are boosting their keen interest in animals with a daily workout at DZG. Sam, 38, from Netherton, and Ali, 37, from Kingswinford, who work at Dudley Building Society, put on their walking shoes every weekday for a 30-minute power blast around the zoo scenic slopes. Sam explained  “We started off by walking in Continue reading Duo’s running commentary

Visitor numbers up 22 per cent!

Staff are celebrating a 22 per cent increase in visitor numbers for January to March 2012 compared to last year’s figures CEO?Peter Suddock said:?“Given the current economic climate this is fantastic news. “The figures are good across the past three months, not just the last few warm days, which we believe is due to an Continue reading Visitor numbers up 22 per cent!

Anger at hosepipe ban

A hosepipe ban has angered Castle Hill residents who fear limited litres will affect their lifestyle. Spokesman Mr C Lyon said today drought restrictions could mean an end to bathtime as he knows it and has vowed to pull the plug on prohibition plans.    . . .  Sounds fishy? It’s April 1st!!  The resident in question, Continue reading Anger at hosepipe ban

Honey bunny set for Easter

Giant English rabbit Honey is set for a busy Easter. The bonny bunny, who tips the scales at a whopping 15lbs 10ozs, is hoping to meet lots of youngsters throughout the holidays as they join our annual Easter egg trail. Senior Keeper, Lesley Lewis, said: “Although Honey is already a big attraction with young visitors, she will Continue reading Honey bunny set for Easter

It's Freddie the Scarecrow

A new face in Rabbitworld has gone unnoticed by residents. Freddie the Scarecrow has sprung up in the centre of the enclosure just in time for Easter, and although he has attracted attention from visitors, giant rabbits, Paul and Ringo, have remained unfazed.   Trainee Keeper, Clare Westwood, who was one of a team of Continue reading It’s Freddie the Scarecrow

Birthday beard banished!

Trainee keeper, Clare Westwood, was delighted to free a moulting camel from her last tuft of hair – just in time for her second birthday, today. Bactrian camel, Jimandi, had shed most of her shaggy fur except for a long beard which had become matted, so Clare decided to reach for the scissors. She said: Continue reading Birthday beard banished!

Partnership a roaring success

A debut partnership between DZG and Dudley College is proving a hands-on success for Animal Care and Management students. Throughout a six month period 68 college students spent four-week placements working alongside Dudley Zoo keepers and Education staff in a project believed to be the first of its kind in the country. Students’ mornings were spent cleaning enclosures, preparing food Continue reading Partnership a roaring success