It looked snow beautiful at DZG as some of our animals explored the white stuff. Despite being closed to visitors yesterday because of the wintry weather, our otters and red pandas in particular were having a ball. Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden caught some of the recent snowy scenes on camera and made this wonderful … Continue reading Snow beautiful!
Heavy snowfall brought snow much fun for some DZG animals – including our lionesses who demolished a snowman in seconds. Our Asiatic lionesses Kyra and Asha had a ball knocking the head off a snowman which Big Cat Keeper Josh Luxton built to provide some exciting playtime for the pair. Other snow lovers were our … Continue reading Snow much fun!
Perfumes have poured in following our plea for unwanted scents to give our big cats some sweet-smelling playtime. More than 150 bottles of aftershave and perfume have been passed on to keepers who have already put the scents to grrreat use with our Sumatran tigers Daseep and Joao. Scents were squirted on to climbing frames … Continue reading Perfumes put to grrreat use!
Dudley Zoo’s gorgeous snow leopard Taïga will be seen up and down the country – as her face features in a new exciting edition of Top Trumps. Just a few months since we launched the DZG version of the classic card game, two-year-old Taïga stars on one of the 30 cards in the new Awesome … Continue reading DZG comes up trumps – again!
We’re offering to recycle your unwanted perfumes and aftershaves, so we can provide scent-sational playtime for our rarest animals! Keepers regularly use strong scents as enrichment for our big cats and some of our primates, which encourages them to use natural behaviours – watch as Asiatic lion, Kyra, puts on her perfume this morning! Assistant … Continue reading Scent-sational playtime
Snow leopards Taïga and Margaash couldn’t wait to start exploring their newly extended £50,000 enclosure, which has been completed just in time for half term. Two year-old Taïga was first in to the extension, which has increased their outdoor space by around 60 per cent and made sure she investigated every nook and cranny. Curator … Continue reading Snow leopards move in!
We’re putting final touches to the snow leopard extension which is almost ready for our big cat pair to move into! It was a team effort as keepers from across the site joined forces with our Dudley College students to spread 12 tonnes of wood chipping across the flooring in the extension of the enclosure … Continue reading Final touches to leopard enclosure
It seems our visitors loved our male Asiatic lion, Jetpur, as much as we did as we’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of sales of memorabilia featuring his photo over the last week. There are still a few cushions and canvases, as well as cuddlies and postcards available in our Safari Shop, if you too, … Continue reading Remembering Jet
Steph Meakin had the “best day” of her life when she became a DZG keeper for the day. It was a birthday treat to remember for the 36 year-old from Derby, who took part in the unique experience with husband, Philip. Throughout their experience the couple worked alongside big cat, primate and ungulate keepers and helped … Continue reading Steph’s best day
With our exotic animals producing an average of 29 tonnes of waste every month, two new custom made muck trailers are proving to be very useful for DZG keepers! The large trailers, made locally for us by Kaytow in Brierley Hill, carry a tonne of waste each, which has enabled our staff to speed up … Continue reading No mucking around!