Seasonal produce is always on the menu for our 200-strong animal species here at DZG. And in recent weeks our seven female chimpanzees have been tucking into delicious blackberries, freshly picked by keepers from bushes around the zoo site. And 23 year-old Mali didn’t waste any time in wolfing down the juicy autumnal treats!
Rhino iguana, Jane, couldn’t wait to munch her favourite food when keepers delivered her daily breakfast. Keepers have discovered the seven year-old has a particular fondness for peppers and filmed her picking all the sweet tasting vegetables out of her food bowl to enjoy first. Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “Jane will always eat the … Continue reading Picking peppers
The Discovery Centre’s animal count has been boosted by the birth of 14 baby rats – just in time for Halloween! The pups were born on September 11 to mum, Summer and Dad, Zaffie – who are also new arrivals to the DZG collection. Presenter Heather John, said: “It’s Summer’s first litter and she’s done … Continue reading 14 baby rats
Red pandas, Yasmin and Gawa, are keeping cosy in new nesting boxes, built for us by our talented local Senior Citizen woodwork group. Over the last year the crafters based at Meadow Road Youth Centre have made a number of items for around the 40-acre, including penguin and bat boxes, bird tables and even a … Continue reading Keeping cosy!
It’s World Animal Day and our newest additions to the DZG collection have been spotted enjoying the autumnal sunshine. We’ve welcomed the birth of two baby meerkats in the Tecton Reptillary enclosure and Zoo Member, Kathryn Willett, was one of the first to catch their animal antics on camera. Assistant Curator Jay Haywood said: “The … Continue reading Newborn meerkats appear
There are birthday celebrations down on the farm as our Bactrian camel, Fergie, turns two today! And Trainee Keeper, Amy Paddock, was on hand to dish out some special breakfast treats for her favourite birthday girl this morning, including carrots and dates, plus her daily camel feed mix in the shape of a number two! … Continue reading Fergie’s birthday breakfast treats!
Our first ever Violet Turaco chick is growing quickly and is starting to develop its distinctive colouration. And we’ve discovered it’s a boy! Birds Section Leader, Nicola Wright, said: “We sexed the juvenile by taking five feathers, which we sent to be DNA tested at a facility in Cornwall. “He could potentially enter the European … Continue reading Growing quickly!
Trainee Keeper, Josh Luxton, has returned to DZG brimming with new ideas after attending a sealion training meeting. The two-day BIAZA certified course at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire covered a host of topics including the husbandry and training of aquatic mammals, enclosure design and enrichment. Josh said: “It was a really interesting course and it … Continue reading Josh attends sealion meet
Have you followed our Instagram page yet? Led by our zoo keepers, our page – dudley.zoo (note the dot!) regularly posts behind-the-scenes photos and videos of our 1,200 strong animal collection and zoo events. DZG Press Officer Rachel Hickman, said: “The page is run by our keeping staff and they’re the ones who are able … Continue reading Follow us on Instagram!
Keepers have been working closely with giant anteater, Romy, to ensure she stays fit and healthy with weekly weigh-ins. They’ve built weighing scales into the back off-show enclosure, which the two year-old has to walk onto to get to her feeding bowl. Senior Keeper Sam Grove, said: “We’ve attached her feeding bowl on to the … Continue reading Romy’s weigh-ins