Rachel Hickman

Orangs enjoy new enclosure

There were celebrations as DZC staff watched our four critically endangered Bornean orangutans exploring their brand new £500,000 outdoor enclosure for the very first time. After a yearlong build, the large grassed enclosure, adjacent to their indoor den area, was completed last week, with Jazz, Sprout, Djimat and Benji accessing the new space over the Continue reading Orangs enjoy new enclosure

Squawk of approval!

Charlie, our blue and gold macaw, has given her squawk of approval for a stunning limited-edition portrait hand drawn by our talented Trainee Bird Keeper, Sophie Savage-Eccles. Sophie has produced the colourful pencil sketch in aid of our forthcoming fundraising efforts for World Parrot Day on Tuesday, May 31 – a week today! As part Continue reading Squawk of approval!

We have more baby news and it’s another exciting first for DZC in our 85th anniversary year! We’ve welcomed the arrival of five naked mole rat pups! The weird and wonderful species, who first joined the collection in 2018, can be spotted in their heated burrow system in the chimp viewing area. Did you know… Continue reading Another birth first!

Right royal party!

Under-fives are cordially invited to a royal party in the castle courtyard next month. And we’re encouraging little ones to dress as Kings, Queens, Princes or Princesses to join us for our Platinum Jubilee themed celebrations on Wednesday, June 29 and Thursday, June 30. The event, designed especially with our younger visitors in mind, will Continue reading Right royal party!

Happy 85th DZC!

What a wonderful day we had on Saturday as 2,000 visitors joined our 85th anniversary celebrations! We had children’s entertainment, competitions and face painting in the courtyard, Jambi our zoo mascot greeted guests and there were meet and greets with our birds of prey and small critters. An exhibition in the 11th century castle also Continue reading Happy 85th DZC!

Happy 85th DZC!

Happy 85th anniversary Dudley Zoo and Castle! We hope you’ll join us tomorrow for our celebratory event as we mark the zoo’s past, present and future. There’ll be children’s entertainment, costumed characters, small critter encounters and face painting in the courtyard. Visitors can also take a trip down memory lane with an exhibition of archive Continue reading Happy 85th DZC!

Stunning Sun conures

We can’t guarantee sunny weather, but we do know our seven new sun conures will brighten anyone’s day! One of the most beautiful of the conure species, these stunning parakeets sport bright orange and yellow feathers with splashes of green and have recently moved into the parrot aviary by Lemur Wood with our military and Continue reading Stunning Sun conures

Celebrations for 85 years!

Come and help us celebrate our 85th anniversary next Saturday!   We’ll be marking the occasion with children’s entertainers, costumed characters, face painting, a meet and greet of small critters, games and competitions.   There’ll be an exhibition of zoo memorabilia and archive photographs in the Castle – including this one of the first animals Continue reading Celebrations for 85 years!