Rachel Hickman

Pumpkin playtime

Our exotic species will be enjoying pumpkin playtime this half term.   The seasonal vegetable will be on the menu for many of our animals over the coming weeks, while others enjoy carved pumpkins filled with hidden treats to discover!   And visitors joining us throughout the holiday can get into the spooky spirit by Continue reading Pumpkin playtime

Djimat's busy week!

It’s been a busy week for our new Bornean orangutan, Djimat, who has not only been exploring his new home, but also met Jazz and Sprout yesterday too and introductions couldn’t have gone better! The 33-year-old arrived from Denmark last Thursday, as part of an international conservation programme and staff are thrilled with how well Continue reading Djimat’s busy week!

Welcome Djimat!

We had a BIG delivery at DZC yesterday as a male Bornean orangutan arrived from Denmark as part of an international conservation programme for the critically endangered species. We’re incredibly excited to welcome 33-year-old Djimat (pronounced Ji-met) who has been recommended by the EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) studbook keeper as a genetically Continue reading Welcome Djimat!

Pygmy Pam

Pam, our breeding female pygmy marmoset, has sadly passed away unexpectedly, but her legacy lives on as her offspring have helped establish new groups of their own across the UK. The ten-year-old joined us from Dublin Zoo in 2013 to start a new group of the world’s smallest monkey species with male, Hendrix. Pygmy marmosets, Continue reading Pygmy Pam

Celebrating zoo keepers!

October 4th is a special date in our calendar – not only is it World Animal Day, but it’s also International Zookeeper Day, when we celebrate our animal kingdom, as well as our wonderful keepers who dedicate their lives to caring for them. Zoo keeping is a demanding job; it’s a tough, physical and tiring Continue reading Celebrating zoo keepers!

It’s World Cassowary Day and we’re celebrating this exciting species, which is the closest living relative to the dinosaur!!   If you’ve got five minutes today, have a watch of Keeper Kriss talking about our newest bird – the most dangerous bird species in the world – we’re sure you’ll learn something new – we Continue reading Celebrating cassowaries!

Zoo's name in lights!

We’re set to have our name in lights after receiving £50,000 council funding. A brand new lighting system has been added to our iconic listed Tecton wave entrance thanks to the Towns Fund accelerator grant awarded to Dudley Council to improve the street scene along Castle Hill as part of the town’s major regeneration plans. Continue reading Zoo’s name in lights!

Congrats Kriss!

Well Done to Senior Keeper, Kriss Pearson, who has been awarded the top honour in our reinstated Employee of the Month scheme. The bird keeper has been commended by the zoo’s management team after receiving great feedback from visitors about his knowledge and enthusiasm for our newest arrival, Zeus the Southern Cassowary. Birds Section Leader Continue reading Congrats Kriss!

Tecton work progressing

Twelve months since we were awarded funding to start developing renovation plans for a further four Tectons and work has been progressing well. Last summer we were given a £120,000 grant from the Getty Foundation’s Keeping It Modern initiative for repair proposals to be carried out on the Discovery Centre (the former Moat Café), Queen Continue reading Tecton work progressing