Black Country Day!

It’s Black Country Day and at DZG it’s time to celebrate our bostin’ heritage.

dzg_bcflag_yoda_2_web   The red, white and black flag is flying atop Dudley Castle, at the heart of the gardens, and staff are teaching non locals a few useful words such as Owamya and Tara Fer Now during Keeper For a Day experiences, while Safari Shop merchandise includes Black Country Anthem CDs, flags and badges.   DZG Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman said:?”For many centuries the castle and gardens have been integral threads running through the rich tapestry that is our local heritage.  

“Since the zoo opened in 1937 most local folk have a prized snap of Dudley Zoological Gardens in their photo albums, and many started their careers or met their partners on site.
“We are proud to be a much-loved part of Black Country family life.”

Here’s a few of DZG’s BC celebrations . . .

TOP: Black and white ruffed lemur, Yoda sets the scene in Lemur Wood.

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DZG CEO Peter Suddock raises the Black Country flag atop Dudley Castle. 

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Charlotte Westwood gets set for a BC cuppa tay!

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 Bornean orangutan, Jorong, eyes up the taters, weeds and pays delivered by Upper Primates Section Leader, Pat Stevens.

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Sprechen sie yam-yam? Assistant Curator, Richard Brown teaches a few local words to German-born Sumatran tiger, Joao.

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All set for a bostin’ day – male Rothchild’s giraffe Kubwa and keeper Sarah Evans celebrate 2014’s debut Black Country Festival. 

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Stage is set for Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, in Dudley Castle courtyard.

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Ellowes Hall student, 15-year-old Harry Lewis took time out to learn the lingo for Black Country Day during a week’s work placement with DZG’s Media and Communications team.

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dzg_bcflag_yoda_2_web   Launching The Black Country Anthem with Steve Edwards and Empty Can artists James Stevens and Rachel Slater.

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