Our littlest Brazilian tapir, Luna, has almost lost all her distinctive baby spots and stripes. The eight-month old now looks a world away from those first few photographs as she scuttled around the South American paddock with mum, Meena. Trainee Keeper, Josh Luxton, said: “Tapirs begin to moult out their stripes and spots by the … Continue reading Luna loses spots and stripes
It’s Christmas Eve and many of our exotic species have their stockings hanging ready for tonight’s VIP visit from the man in red. Santa will be leaving his Winter Wonderland grotto in our 11th century castle this afternoon, so he has time to harness our reindeer and fill his sleigh with gifts, before setting off … Continue reading All ready for tomorrow!
Little Luna’s now five weeks-old and is growing quickly. She’s doubled in size since her birth and keepers have even spotted her first few teeth! Senior Keeper Sam Grove, said: “Baby tapirs will drink mum’s milk up until they’re approximately four months old, when they’ll start eating solids. “Luna’s feeding from Meena really well and … Continue reading Luna’s got teeth!
It’s Brazilian tapir, Meena’s 15th birthday today and daughter, Luna, made sure she’d sorted a special gift for her mum. Meena received a crate full of tasty fruit and vegetables, including her favourite pineapple, which she immediately plucked from the box and began tucking into! Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “Meena’s had a very busy … Continue reading Tropical birthday treats
Well done to everyone who took part in Barnardo’s Big Toddle yesterday and we’re wishing good luck to today’s walkers! Hundreds of under-fives have signed up to the UK’s biggest charity fundraiser for toddlers by completing a short sponsored walk around the zoo and 11th century castle. DZG Marketing Assistant, Louise Curtis, said: “We had … Continue reading Well done, toddlers!
DZG’s giraffes and tapirs have been enjoying a new toy after Trainee Keeper, Josh Luxton, came top in an online zookeeper competition. Josh entered a draw on Zoo Keepers Europe – Zoo Keepers Product Review for a Bizzy Bites boredom breaker and was picked as the winner – much to the delight of Brazilian tapir, … Continue reading Ungulate winners have a ball!
Our baby Brazilian tapir is now 12 days old and we’ve let dad, Chico, choose the name of his newborn! Ungulate keepers chose a variety of monikers for the female calf, which we added to apples, before letting 14 year-old Chico choose his favourite! Watch what he chose in the video below… The baby was born on … Continue reading We’ve named the baby!
Hello baby! We revealed the newest addition to our endangered Brazilian tapir family in our first ever Facebook Live yesterday afternoon and if you missed it, you can catch up here… Posted by Dudley Zoo on Friday, 2 June 2017 Mum, Meena, gave birth to the female youngster on Sunday following a 13 month-long pregnancy, … Continue reading A baby tapir!
Our Brazilian tapirs, Meena and Chico, had a fab bank holiday weekend as they helped raise £450 for World Land Trust, awareness for their endangered species and had lots of tickles from a few lucky zoo visitors! As part of our World Tapir Day celebrations we held a daily raffle to win a close encounter … Continue reading £450 for tapirs!
We’re saying another thank you to Lichfield-based business, Newell Rubbermaid, who’ve bin so kind to us! The company regularly donate their surplus stock for use in our daily chores and this time we received 50 plastic bins, which have been distributed to all sections across the zoo’s 40-acre site. Assistant Curator, Jay Haywood, said: “Newell … Continue reading They’ve bin so kind!