DZG keepers showed their true grit when it came to shifting 40 tonnes of gravel and sand. Staff hired a digger to transport the flooring materials into the giraffe paddock, where keepers moved it to various enclosures across the 40-acre site in wheelbarrows. Assistant Curator, Jay Haywood, pictured above with Keeper Adam Wrench, said: “We’re … Continue reading Fresh flooring
We’re gearing up for a spook-tacular Halloween at DZG! Brave young souls are invited to join us for our children’s Hocus Pocus evenings on Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October 28, where there’ll be close encounters with a variety of creepy critters including snakes, spiders and cockroaches. Join us after hours, from 5pm until 8pm, … Continue reading Spook-tacular Halloween events!
It’s International Zookeeper Day and we’re celebrating our hardworking team. We reckon we’ve definitely got the best bunch of keepers here at DZG, who regularly go above and beyond the call of duty for their animal charges. And it’s a diverse job, which doesn’t involve cuddling animals all day long! Our 30-strong keeping team are … Continue reading Celebrating zookeepers!
It’s a very exciting day for Fergie, our adorable Bactrian camel, who’s one today! And Senior Keeper Lesley Lewis celebrated the milestone occasion with an amazing cake in the shape of the birthday girl – made by our talented DZG Customer Services Assistant, Laura Partridge. Lesley, pictured right, said: “Fergie is our very special girl, … Continue reading Fergie turns one!
DZG joined forces with the emergency services as part of a multi-agency training exercise, following a ‘gas explosion’ in Lorikeet Lookout. The event organised by Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust involved a scenario where the explosion had occurred in the walkthrough exhibit during routine work on site, which resulted in a number of casualties, who … Continue reading DZG joins emergency exercise
DZG’s laughing kookaburra, Adelaide, is benefitting from old stock from the Safari Shop. A rubber toy snake is being put through its paces by the ten-year-old Australian bird, as part of the daily Go Wild! Show. Presenter Heather John, pictured top, said: “Adelaide demonstrates how kookaburras would catch snakes in the wild and visitors can … Continue reading Adelaide’s toy snake
Curator Richard Brown is celebrating 20 years as a zookeeper today – after writing to ask DZG for any job with the animals! Richard was just 16 years-old and two-weeks into Sixth Form when he decided school wasn’t for him, but it was during a day trip to DZG that his mum suggested he write and ask for … Continue reading Two decades of zoo keeping
It’s Red Squirrel Week and we’ve introduced two new girls to DZG in the hope of helping save this native species from the brink of extinction. Once a common sight across the UK, red squirrels have seen a rapid decline over the last 60 years, with many driven out of their coniferous habitats by … Continue reading Going nuts for red squirrels!
Our group of black howler monkeys are busy exploring their new home after relocating into the Triple Tecton. Keepers moved the family of six into the enclosure next to Inca the bear, from the Small Primate House and the monkeys are loving the extra facilities! Curator Richard Brown, said: “Howler monkeys are an arboreal species … Continue reading Howlers’ new home
We’ve extended our popular DZG education programme and are inviting teachers to come and find out more during a free open day! Due to demand we’re now offering more than 60 workshops for 2016/2017, with a diverse range of topics aimed for children in early years up to college-aged students. DZG Marketing Assistant, Louise Curtis, … Continue reading DZG makes learning fun!