We’re wishing mums of all species a Happy Mother’s Day today – especially our first-time mum Barbara, the black lemur. Last May Barbara gave birth to daughter Kimmy – our first baby black lemur in over a decade – and she’s taken to motherhood incredibly well. Trainee Keeper Cara Sheldon said: “Barbara is very caring … Continue reading Celebrating Barbara!
DZG is urging animal lovers to set their alarm clocks and come and wake up some of the world’s rarest animals. On Sunday May 20, we have an early morning guided tour giving visitors the opportunity to go behind the scenes and get close to a variety of exotic animals. Marketing Manager Andrea Hales … Continue reading Wakey wakey!
Romy, our adorable giant anteater, has been given her own weekly workout to keep her occupied through the night. Keeper Josh Luxton has devised a timetable of interesting exercises for two-year-old Romy so she is kept active and stimulated as she searches for treats in her indoor area. It features a puzzle maze feeder on … Continue reading Romy’s regime
An award-winning artist has added her support to our £800,000 orang appeal by creating a superb souvenir exclusively for DZG. Hannah Dale, who founded Wrendale Designs, has produced a beautiful orang illustration on a gorgeous greetings card to help pull in pounds for our planned separate outdoor exhibit for our four Bornean great apes. The designer, who … Continue reading Appealing souvenirs
Keepers cooked up a warming stew for our seven chimpanzee girls during the latest cold snap. The keepers in Lower Primates boiled a pot of vegetables and then blended them together while they were still warm to make a stew which was served up as a drink in plastic bottles. Senior Keeper Jodie Dryden said: … Continue reading Hot stew on menu!
Heavy snowfall brought snow much fun for some DZG animals – including our lionesses who demolished a snowman in seconds. Our Asiatic lionesses Kyra and Asha had a ball knocking the head off a snowman which Big Cat Keeper Josh Luxton built to provide some exciting playtime for the pair. Other snow lovers were our … Continue reading Snow much fun!
Keepers caught up with our fascinating naked mole rats to give them health checks and new names. The five hairless mammals – a brand new species to our collection – have all tipped the scales at healthy weights and been given East African names. Our queen naked mole rat – who weighed in at 54g … Continue reading Mole rat medicals
DZG is helping make mums feel special this Mother’s Day – by treating them to a free day-out. We’re offering all mothers chance to spend the special Sunday getting close to some of our rare and incredible animals at the 40-acre zoo. DZG Marketing Assistant and mum-of-two Louise Curtis said: “This is a great opportunity … Continue reading Make mum’s day!
Our latest little zoo keeper came from the other side of the world to spend a memorable day taking care of our animals. Ten-year-old Lily Townsend had come back to the UK from her Australian home of Sydney to visit family in Leicester and stopped off at DZG for the unforgettable experience. Grandmother Caroline Townsend, … Continue reading Down Under to Dudley!
Perfumes have poured in following our plea for unwanted scents to give our big cats some sweet-smelling playtime. More than 150 bottles of aftershave and perfume have been passed on to keepers who have already put the scents to grrreat use with our Sumatran tigers Daseep and Joao. Scents were squirted on to climbing frames … Continue reading Perfumes put to grrreat use!