Rachel Hickman

Birth captured on camera

We’re thrilled to announce the birth of a critically endangered Colombian black spider monkey, which was captured on camera by one of our delighted primate keepers. Twenty year-old Valentine gave birth to the tiny baby last week just as Senior Keeper, Harley Hunt arrived at their indoor den. Harley said: “As soon as I realised Continue reading Birth captured on camera

The zoo might be silent of excited visitor chatter, but there’s still plenty of animal sounds to hear each day. And our 70-strong Humboldt penguin colony are certainly one of the noisiest species on site!   Penguins communicate by vocalising, with Humboldts making three different call sounds.   The birds have specialised throat structures which Continue reading Penguins calling

Adoptions prove popular pressies

Who received a DZC animal adoption under their tree this Christmas? As one of our only sources of income during lockdown, we’re extremely thankful to everyone who chose to gift an adoption and our marketing team sent out hundreds of personalised packs in the run up to the festive season. And lots of supporters would have Continue reading Adoptions prove popular pressies

Further lockdown closure

COVID-19 UPDATE:  MONDAY 4TH JANUARY 2021. Following tonight’s Government lockdown announcement, Dudley Zoo and Castle will be sadly closed once more to visitors with immediate effect. As with the previous closures, it will be business as usual for our dedicated keeping staff who will continue to ensure our exotic animals receive the best possible day-to-day Continue reading Further lockdown closure

One, two, three...

One giant anteater, two Sumatran tigers, three giraffes, four Giant African spurred tortoise, five Colombian spider monkeys… All this counting can only mean one thing – it’s time for the annual animal stocktake! At the start of every year all zoo’s in the country have to legally tot up every invertebrate, bird, mammal, reptile and Continue reading One, two, three…

Sadness at wild dog deaths

DZC is saddened to announce the deaths of its elderly African wild dogs, Subira and Ochi. Both dogs had been receiving veterinary care for age-related illnesses, but following a sudden unexpected deterioration of 12 year-old female, Subira, over the last few days, the decision was made to put her to sleep this morning. On welfare Continue reading Sadness at wild dog deaths

Purr-fect stocking filler

We’ve got the purr-fect stocking filler for tiger fans… We’re selling paw prints in aid of our Covid-19 Animal Care Fund, created by our female Sumatran tiger, Daseep. The artwork was produced by the ten-year-old tiger during lockdown, who Big Cat keepers got to walk over a colourful painted surface and onto pieces of plain Continue reading Purr-fect stocking filler