Keepers Kriss Pearson and Josh Luxton are knuckling down to some serious study as they begin their diploma in zoo keeping. Kriss, from our birds section, and Josh who works with our ungulates and big cats, are just starting their Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA) – the industry standard for … Continue reading Study time
A stunning video of all Dudley Zoo has to offer has been released as part of a series of short films showcasing the borough’s attractions. The 30-second clip zooms in on the glorious 11th century Dudley Castle, our incredible animals and the popular beach, ‘Ow Bin Ya Sands’ we installed for the summer. The footage … Continue reading Stunning zoo video
DZG animals enjoyed the extra lie-in this morning as the clocks went back an hour. The end of British Summer Time meant many of our 1,600 collection could snuggle down for longer, including our Carpathian lynx Daisy and Sumatran tigress Daseep. Big Cat Keeper Cheyenne Darkins said the extra hour, after the clocks fell back … Continue reading Extra snuggle time
Part-time receptionist Claire Phillpotts has been named Employee of the Month for the wonderful way she helps people who contact DZG. And zoo bosses came up with the purr-fect way to thank the animal-mad mum-of-three from Birmingham, by giving her chance to get up close to our stunning snow leopard, Taïga. Claire was nominated for … Continue reading Purr-fect performance Claire
DZG Curator Richard Brown and Head of Birds Nicola Wright are buzzing with ideas after attending an animal conference in Greece. The EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) Annual Conference at Attica Zoo in Athens was attended by 700 zookeepers and animal experts from across Europe. Nicola, a first-time delegate at the EAZA Annual … Continue reading Talking animals in Athens
Our two Sumatran tigers had a rip-roaring time when they tore apart an enrichment device made by their keeper. Big Cat Keeper Cheyenne Darkins put smelly giraffe bedding around a block of wood and wrapped it in a woven enrichment toy she made from old fire hose. And we caught the big cat couple on … Continue reading A rip-roaring hour
Our striking Sumatran tigress Daseep turns eight today and will have visitors queueing up to wish her a roarsome day. The popular girl, who’s ranked as the second most important female in the genetic species pool, will be lapping up her favourite Marmite treat – which she knows she’ll have all to herself, as male … Continue reading It’s grrr-eat to be eight!
A Telford animal lover who became a DZG Keeper for the Day said the experience was so brilliant she’s recommended it to all her friends. Jodie Mortimer, who shared the experience with her partner Jack Close, said going behind the scenes and getting so close to our animals was magical. She had been given the … Continue reading Highly recommended!
An artist who used DZG’s tigress Daseep as his subject has donated the stunning sketch to a global campaign fighting animal extinction. Award-winning artist David Skidmore produced the impressive pencil drawing from a photo of female Sumatran tiger Daseep and it will soon be going under the hammer in a high-profile auction run by wildlife … Continue reading Daseep’s sketch for survival
A German couple who’ve watched our tigress Daseep blossom since birth came to DZG to deliver gifts and an adorable baby snap. Husband and wife Peter Kronenberger and Katni Heider, who fly into the zoo up to four times a year from their home near Frankfurt Zoo where Daseep was born, brought Marmite for the … Continue reading Gifts from Germany