Birds

Our mums are wishing all you marvellous mums a very happy Mothering Sunday! We have furry, feathered and scaly mums of all shapes and sizes across our 40-acre site, but the one thing they all have in common with your magnificent mum is the special bond they form with their offspring. We’re looking forward to Continue reading Celebrating marvellous mothers!

Nicola flies off with top award!

Congratulations to our Birds Section Leader Nicola Wright who has flown away with this month’s Employee of the Month award. Nicola, who has worked at DZG for 12 years, was given the top title, alongside a certificate and gift vouchers after great feedback from managers and visitors. Zoo Director Derek Grove said: “Nicola’s dedication to Continue reading Nicola flies off with top award!

He's a stunner!

How stunning is our newest feathered friend? He’s a Lilac-breasted roller called Trev! The beautiful bird, who is blue, lilac, white and brown in colour arrived from Birdworld in Hampshire six months ago but has only gone on show to visitors this week in the Triple Aviaries. Section Leader Nicola Wright said: “Lilac-breasted rollers are Continue reading He’s a stunner!

New-look home for owls

Great grey owls Granville and Ursula are settling back into their new-look home – and keepers are hoping renovations will prove successful and help them breed. Keepers temporarily took the two owls off-show last month while renovating the hill aviary, while the team, alongside our maintenance department cut down the enclosure’s dense foliage to allow in Continue reading New-look home for owls

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!