The farm’s female guinea pigs have their very own castle hideout, thanks to the talents of a group of crafty Dudley pensioners. We’ve once again joined forces with the Senior Citizens Enterprise Woodwork Group, based at nearby Meadow Road Youth Centre, who have constructed the large castle for our new farm barn and the guinea … Continue reading Castle hideout!
Visitors can enjoy Slush Puppie next week as the raspberry roadster visits DZG. We’ll be dishing out the fruit flavoured slushie between 11.15am – 4pm from Monday through to Sunday with the mobile unit located in the castle courtyard. Plus, on Thursday we’ll be welcoming the brand’s mascot, Slush Puppie, himself on site, who will … Continue reading Slush Puppie samples
We’re going ape today in aid of International Orangutan Day, as we raise funds and awareness for these magnificent primates. Listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List, orangutans in Borneo and Sumatra are facing a real possibility of extinction within the next two decades. Join us for a one-off 12pm talk at the … Continue reading Orangutan awareness
Customer Services Team Member, Emma Dingley, is using her time operating the chairlift to help survey the site’s native birds. In between helping visitors on and off the two-minute vintage aerial ride, Emma is keeping an eagle eye out for feathered friends. DZG Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson, said: “We have lots of native wildlife on … Continue reading Eagle eyed, Emma!
DZG is proud to have backed a local newspaper appeal to help provide 50 new wheelchairs for the borough’s hospital. The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust Charity, alongside The Dudley, Stourbridge and Halesowen News, have launched a £30,000 campaign to purchase the wheelchairs for Russell’s Hall Hospital, which will make life a little easier for … Continue reading DZG backs hospital campaign
We had a roarsome World Lion Day as visitors helped us raise a fantastic £663.83. Huge thanks to everyone who visited us at Lion Ridge on August 10 as we raised awareness of the threats Asiatic lions face. Senior Keeper Sarah Evans and Trainee Keeper Adam Davey manned an information stand throughout the day, where … Continue reading A grrr-eat amount for lions
We’ve launched an in-house employee of the month scheme to reward staff who have gone above and beyond. And our first ever winner is Apprentice Keeper Mary Taylor who works on our bird section. Nominations come from colleagues and the scheme is open to all staff working across all the site’s departments, with Mary chosen … Continue reading Well done, Mary!
We’ve had the first Violet Turaco to hatch at DZG in our 80 year history! The chick hatched on July 1 and can be spotted eagerly clambering around the branches in one of the triple aviaries. Birds Section Leader, Nicola Wright, said: “We’re really excited about the latest arrival, which is doing really well. “It’s … Continue reading First Violet Turaco
We’re concluding our creepy crawly crazy week celebrating the planet’s smallest critters as part of BIAZA’s Big Bug Bonanza. While clearing weeds from the chimpanzee paddock, Senior Keeper Jodie Dryden accidentally disturbed a colony of ants – check out this video she captured as the ants moved their eggs away. Can you see the babies inside … Continue reading Active ants!
DZG’s gardeners have received two new strimmers – to replace their 27 year–old previous pair! Gardener Anthony Gwilt, said: “We’ve certainly had our money’s worth but I don’t think we would have got another 12 months out of them, but they’ve served us really well! We’ll see if the two new strimmers last as long.” … Continue reading 27 year-old strimmers!