Birds

Congrats Kriss!

Well Done to Senior Keeper, Kriss Pearson, who has been awarded the top honour in our reinstated Employee of the Month scheme. The bird keeper has been commended by the zoo’s management team after receiving great feedback from visitors about his knowledge and enthusiasm for our newest arrival, Zeus the Southern Cassowary. Birds Section Leader Continue reading Congrats Kriss!

Analysing penguin DNA

Our Humboldt penguins have all been officially sexed by analysing their DNA – and we currently have 29 males and 39 females in our colony. As part of this year’s annual census procedures, which took place back in January, our bird keepers took the opportunity to obtain chest feathers from 21 of our younger penguins Continue reading Analysing penguin DNA

Zeus, our Southern Cassowary has settled well into DZC and keepers even managed to this week weigh him for the first time on hidden weighing scales! Staff positioned portable scales near the fence, which they covered with wood chipping, before calling the ten-year-old over. An unsuspecting Zeus stood on the scales, allowing keepers to note Continue reading Zeus weigh-in

Well done Becky!

We’re saying a big well done to our Apprentice Keeper, Becky Shore, who has been named Learner of the Month by her training provider. Becky, aged 20, joined our bird section in October as part of an apprenticeship scheme run in conjunction with KEITS Training Services and was nominated for the award by her assessor Continue reading Well done Becky!

After a 14 year absence, the world’s most dangerous bird species has returned to Dudley Zoo and Castle. A ten year-old male Southern Cassowary has arrived from Paignton Zoo and has moved into an exciting newly designed exhibit adjacent to the giant anteater. The Australian native flightless bird is considered as one of the closest Continue reading Danger at DZC!

The zoo might be silent of excited visitor chatter, but there’s still plenty of animal sounds to hear each day. And our 70-strong Humboldt penguin colony are certainly one of the noisiest species on site!   Penguins communicate by vocalising, with Humboldts making three different call sounds.   The birds have specialised throat structures which Continue reading Penguins calling