Our female Victoria Crowned pigeon has a very special birthday present, with the arrival of a male suitor! The pigeon, who’s four today, has been joined in Lorikeet Lookout by a five-year-old male from Frankfurt Zoo in Germany – pictured above – and it seems love might already be in the air! Section Leader Nicola … Continue reading Birds pair up!
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!
We’re sending congratulations to Bird Keeper Jess Jones, who’s top of the flock after being named employee of the month. Jess was awarded a certificate and gift vouchers after receiving fantastic feedback from a college group, who purposely phoned the zoo to praise her following their visit. Zoo Manager Matt Lewis said: “We received a … Continue reading Jess is top of the flock!
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…
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 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!
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
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
A nest full of native newborn chicks is a wonderful sight, but look closer and you’ll see they’re nesting in plastic. Zoo Member Shaun Thomas sent us these photographs after spotting the mistle thrush family in a tree by the camel paddock on the lower zoo site. DZG Conservation Officer Chris Leeson said: “This was … Continue reading Native species spot!
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!