Birds

Counting conundrum!

Keepers at Dudley Zoo and Castle are busy counting heads as part of the annual animal stocktake. It’s the time of year when zoos throughout the country are legally required to tot up every invertebrate, bird, mammal, reptile and amphibian, but with more than 200 species at the Midlands-based attraction, it’s easier said than done, Continue reading Counting conundrum!

Trick or treat...

We’ve got a special treat for you this Halloween – meet Maximus, our really scary six week-old Burrowing Owl! Bird Keepers stepped in to rescue the chick at two weeks-old after finding him in a flooded burrow following recent heavy rainfall. Birds Section Leader Nicola Wright, said: “The chick was being parent reared, but they’d Continue reading Trick or treat…

Singing from the rooftops!

We’re singing from the rooftops in thanks to YOU for helping us achieve a silver award for contributing more than €3,000 to save Asian songbirds from extinction. For the last two years we’ve been raising funds and awareness for the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) conservation campaign ‘Silent Forest, Asian Songbird Crisis’, which Continue reading Singing from the rooftops!

Nuno's sporting gold and black!

Nuno our Humboldt penguin chick is easily identifiable in our 70-strong colony as he’s now sporting a striking gold and black flipper band. And the six-month old, who was named after Wolverhampton Wanderers FC manager by a competition winner earlier this year, has now fledged and is available for adoption, just in time for the Continue reading Nuno’s sporting gold and black!

Critically endangered pairing

We’re really proud to be in a breeding position for the second rarest bird on the planet, following the arrival of a critically endangered female Asian songbird. The 11 month-old Bali Mynah – one of the world’s most iconic songbird species –  has relocated from Heidelberg Zoo in Germany as part of a European Endangered Continue reading Critically endangered pairing

Funds soar for Asian songbirds in crisis

Just over a year ago, Dudley Zoological Gardens vowed to make a noise about the plight of songbirds stolen from forests in Southeast Asia – and we certainly have! And we’ve been joined by a very special ambassador who is helping us continue to raise awareness and funds for the European Association of Zoos and Continue reading Funds soar for Asian songbirds in crisis

Flying squad stunners!

Three new impressive recruits have joined our birds of prey display team. Buzz the Asian brown wood owl, Hannibal the Eurasian Eagle owl and Attila the Steppe Eagle have transferred from Colchester Zoo. Birds Section Leader Nicola Wright said: “The trio make a fantastic addition to the flying team and we’re very excited to have Continue reading Flying squad stunners!