Birds

Talking animals in Athens

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

Humboldt headcount

Bird keepers are p-p-pleased to reveal we’ve got 74 Humboldt penguins – including seven babies – after their September stock-take. Each September, once the breeding and moulting season is over, we take time to check over and count each bird in the colony, identify them by their flipper bands and scan their microchips. The seven Continue reading Humboldt headcount

Highly recommended!

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!

Officially excellent

DZG is delighted to announce we’ve been awarded a certificate in recognition of excellent feedback from our visitors. Zoo Director Derek Grove said receiving the TripAdvisor 2018 Certificate of Excellence was a great boost and thanked visitors for their positive comments about our 40-acre attraction. The accolade, which we’ve framed and put up near our Continue reading Officially excellent

Exhilarating experience

When we say our Zoo Keeper for the Day experience gets you close to some of the world’s rarest animals, we mean it – and animal-lover Mark Dunckley can certainly vouch for that! The 46-year-old dad-of-one from Stourbridge has just spent an exhilarating day with our knowledgeable keeping team which saw him come face-to-face with Continue reading Exhilarating experience

Flamingo forum

DZG Head of Birds Nicola Wright has attended a flamingo forum on coping with any future outbreak of avian influenza in the UK. The section leader received a certificate after attending the ABWAK (Association of British and Irish Wild Animal Keepers) Flamingo Keepers’ Workshop on bird biosecurity, hosted by ZSL London Zoo on July 26. Continue reading Flamingo forum

Owl in a day’s work!

Happy International Owl Awareness Day twit twoo – we had a magical time celebrating and raised £300 for a bird conservation charity. On Thursday, our bird keepers and Presenter Langan Turner transformed into Harry Potter characters to celebrate DZG’s 12 owls, including Grafton the coast horned owl (pictured), and the iconic species all over the Continue reading Owl in a day’s work!