Birds

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

P.p.popping the question!

Seventy four penguins witnessed a poolside proposal when Grant Lucas p.p.popped the question to his true love, Hayleigh Valentine. Grant, from Raunds in Northamptonshire, went down on one knee to ask Hayleigh to marry him in front of the huddle of Humboldts at Dudley Zoo – and we’re delighted to report she said yes! The 27-year-old Continue reading P.p.popping the question!

Five feathered friends

We’ve boosted our bird numbers following the arrival of five northern bald ibis to Dudley Zoo. Three newcomers, also called Hermit ibis or Waldrapp ibis, came from Birdworld in Farnham, Surrey, and the other two from Amersfoort Zoo in The Netherlands. They’ve joined the other ibis we already have on show at Dudley and have Continue reading Five feathered friends

Familiar faces on film

Look out for a couple of familiar faces on tonight’s episode of the Channel 4 documentary series The Secret Life of the Zoo! DZG Curator Richard Brown and Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden have a small starring role in the programme, on at 8pm, which looks at life behind the scenes at Chester Zoo. The Continue reading Familiar faces on film