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Talc to the rescue!

A collared lemur became Billy No Mates when fellow primates picked a fight and expelled him from their gang. But quick-thinking keepers came up with a bright idea to re-introduce Pipkin to his old pals in Lemur Wood. Assistant Section Head of Primates, Pat Stevens, explained: “Primates recognise each other’s scent and this plays a Continue reading Talc to the rescue!

Staff observe two-minute silence

Staff observed a two-minute silence today across the 40-acre site. CEO?Peter Suddock said:?”All employees, including keepers, gardeners, maintenance, catering and admin staff marked the Armistice Day silence out of respect for those servicemen and women who died for their country. “It was particularly poignant for several members of staff whose family and friends have served Continue reading Staff observe two-minute silence

Oh yes, we are!!!

DZG is sponsoring the dress rehearsal of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at The Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton – and we’ve given away more than a thousand tickets to local folk for the December 9 panto date! Youngsters – and the young at heart – from across the region will be joining us for Continue reading Oh yes, we are!!!

Weigh-in highlights monkey tricks

Our Saki monkeys have been trained to hop on to the weighing scales once a month as part of their regular health checks. CAPTION: Keeper Jo Turner weighs a Saki monkey as he sits on the scales.  

David says farewell

Senior Presenter, David Riley, has left DZG’s Presentation team after seven-and-a-half years. David, of Codsall, Staffs, headed up the Discovery Centre team, on-site presentation and education programmes and also co-ordinated our volunteers. CEO?Peter Suddock said:?”David has been a very valued member of staff and contributed much to the business during his time at DZG and Continue reading David says farewell

Richard's on air

Assistant Curator Richard Brown will be on BBC Radio WM’s Joanne Malin Show this morning talking about the way in which some animals portray grief. The programme will be looking at how various species display a grieving pattern when their mates die. Tune in to BBCWM 95.6fm at 11.15am to hear what Richard has to say. Continue reading Richard’s on air

Apple treat for tapirs

Windfall apples are providing autumn treats for our group of Brazilian tapirs. The fruits were donated by Shropshire couple, Pat and Gordon Crump, and came from a surplus in their Dallicote garden. Keeper, Laura Robbins, said: “The tapirs love fruit and they’ve been having lots of treats over the past few days thanks to the Continue reading Apple treat for tapirs

Carnival of Darkness

Thanks to everyone who braved the elements to join our Carnival of Darkness last night. Check out our picture spread in the Events and Experiences photo gallery – you may recognise a few familiar faces!

No laughing matter

It was no joke for Adelaide the laughing kookaburra when she damaged her beak during a flying display and required ‘cosmetic’ surgery from the zoo’s vet. DZG Curator Matt Lewis explained: “The species, which originates from eastern Australia, is part of the kingfisher family. “As with other kingfishers, kookaburras are carnivorous and like to kill Continue reading No laughing matter

Bunk with the Beasts

A double Bunk with the Beasts experience for Kingswinford–based 1st Dawley Brook Scout Group proved a huge hit with 60 youngsters who took part during two weekends. Beavers spent their evening with Baron Dudley – aka Senior Presenter David Riley – who talked about horrible history before leading a torchlit walk around the site. Later Continue reading Bunk with the Beasts