Rachel Hickman

Feeling puzzled?

Need a rainy-day summer holiday activity? Then look no further than our bespoke DZC jigsaw puzzles! With the hobby seeing a rise in popularity following the recent lockdowns, a brand new range of 1,000-piece jigsaws have hit the shelves in the Safari Shop just in time for the six-week break. There are four different designs Continue reading Feeling puzzled?

We’re getting behind Dudley’s bid submission for city status as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in our own special DZC way! Zoo Director Derek Grove said: “Similar to its Zoo and Castle, Dudley is in the process of change and is working hard to make the most of the opportunities the 21st century can Continue reading Supporting city bid

Easing of on-site restrictions

While Covid-19 regulations may be easing from Monday, we’re still going to have some measures in place for the continued safety of our staff, animals and visitors. We ask you to please read ahead of your forthcoming visit… Our online pre-booking system will continue for general visitors throughout the school holidays as we limit the Continue reading Easing of on-site restrictions

It’s World Chimpanzee Day, when we raise awareness of the threats to endangered chimps in the wild. Press play and watch Senior Primate Keeper Harley Hunt as she explains more about the threats they face and introduces us to our seven girls in our latest Conservation Matters. As part of our conservation work we support Continue reading Conservation Matters: World Chimpanzee Day

Orang work progressing well!

Work is progressing well on our new outdoor orangutan enclosure. The large paddock to the side of the orangutan house is currently being transformed into a new space for our Bornean orangutans, Benji, Jazz and Sprout. Work so far has included clearing the entire site and dismantling the metal fencing, none of which has gone Continue reading Orang work progressing well!

Conservation role expands!

DZC’s key conservation role in securing the future of the endangered black lemur has just got a little bigger. Here at Dudley, we’ve been managing the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) for black lemurs for almost two decades, first overseen by Zoo Director Derek Grove before Curator Richard Brown took over the reins in 2015. Continue reading Conservation role expands!

Roarsome gift for dino-mite dads!

If you’ve got a dino-mite dad, why not treat him to a roarsome gift for this forthcoming Father’s Day and book tickets to watch Jurassic Park in the grounds of Dudley Castle! We’re screening Spielberg’s blockbuster on Friday, August 6 as part of our summer season of open-air cinema nights, with The Greatest Showman showing Continue reading Roarsome gift for dino-mite dads!

Best foot forward!

We’re wishing Senior Keeper Rachel Leek the best of luck, as she’s set to trek 80 miles along Hadrian’s Wall next week to raise money for spider monkeys in the wild! The Lower Primates keeper will be tackling the mammoth challenge alongside husband Adam as she fundraises for Wildtracks, a charity in Belize, which works Continue reading Best foot forward!