Birds

Helping hands for feathered friends

We’re hoping to give a helping hand to our native feathered friends ahead of the forthcoming breeding season. Coinciding with National Nest Box Week we’re installing two barn owl boxes by the chimpanzee enclosure as we’ve spotted the birds of prey flying around the lower part of the 40-acre zoo. DZG Conservation Officer Chris Leeson Continue reading Helping hands for feathered friends

Charlie's new toys

Presenter Heather John got crafty to make the Discovery Centre’s macaw Charlie, a new toy. Following a donation from Charlie’s long-term adopter, Christine Clive, Heather purchased metal bells, measuring spoons and plastic beads and chains, which she threaded together through plastic piping to make the jangly bird toy. Heather said: “Charlie loves noise so this Continue reading Charlie’s new toys

New owls fly in!

A new owl species has flown into DZG. Four Northern hawk owls have taken up residence in one of our hill aviaries after keepers collected them from Whipsnade Zoo last week. Birds Senior Keeper, Ben Vanes, said: “The new owls make a really interesting addition to our bird collection with their similarities in appearance and Continue reading New owls fly in!

Come twice for the price!

There’s still plenty of time to have twice as much fun at Dudley Zoo – thanks to our free return voucher. All January visitors who purchased full-priced admission have been given a complimentary ticket to come again, and the same offer runs throughout the whole of February too. Marketing Manager Andrea Hales said: “The zoo Continue reading Come twice for the price!

Cracking bird count

Zoo Manager Matt Lewis notched up a lengthy list of wild birds visiting a feeder near his office during the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. Matt spent an hour a day last Friday, Saturday and Sunday surveying the bird table in the garden by Harry Hatch’s cottage, where he is based, and recorded 17 species visiting Continue reading Cracking bird count

A little encouragement!

Bird keepers are hoping to play cupid for our great grey owls by encouraging breeding behaviour with some enclosure maintenance. Twelve year-old Granville and 11 year-old Ursula have been temporarily taken off-show while the zoo’s maintenance and keeper teams completely refurbish their enclosure, located opposite the bachelor gelada troop. Birds Section Leader, Nicola Wright, said: Continue reading A little encouragement!

Itching to get twitching!

Keepers at Dudley Zoo are itching to get twitching – as we prepare to take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. Part-time keeper Emma Dingley (pictured) and our Conservation Officer Chris Leeson will spend an hour monitoring wild birds in a section of our 40-acre site as part of the world’s largest garden wildlife Continue reading Itching to get twitching!

Penguin aware

It’s Penguin Awareness Day and here at DZG we’re flippin’ proud of our successful Humboldt breeding programme. With over 74 birds in our walkthrough Penguin Bay we’ve got one of the largest Humboldt colonies and our birds have helped boost penguin collections around the UK, including this little cutie above, who was one of last Continue reading Penguin aware

Creature cams

Animal antics of our penguins and tigers were viewed more than a million times – by people watching from the comfort of their own homes. Fascinating footage of our colony of Humboldt penguins and Sumatran tiger pair, Daseep (pictured) and Joao, was watched almost 1,300,000 times last year via our two round-the-clock webcams. Figures from Continue reading Creature cams

Boxing Day fruit feast

DZG’s colourful collection of lories and lorikeets have been filmed enjoying a delicious Boxing Day fruity feast. Head of Birds Nicola Wright said: “Because the zoo is generally quieter over the winter period, there are fewer visitors feeding nectar to the birds so we put out extra fruit for them to enjoy. “It’s wonderful to Continue reading Boxing Day fruit feast