Our oldest Humboldt penguin, Pingu, is celebrating his 26th birthday today! He’s a very special penguin to DZG as he was one of the founding members of the zoo colony back in 1991 having been hand-reared by keepers. The breeding programme, which was honoured with a prestigious BIAZA conservation award ten years ago, was headed … Continue reading Pingu’s 26!
Ahead of next week’s World Penguin Day, we’ll be raising awareness and funds on Sunday for our most popular birds on site! Bird keepers will be raising money for Sphenisco, which works in Chile and Peru to save the Humboldt penguin from extinction. Visitors can find out more out the species, as well as helping us raise … Continue reading Raising funds for penguins
We’re all for recycling and reusing here at DZG as empty cardboard boxes and tubes provided fun enrichment for our rainbow lorikeets and roul roul partridges. Senior Keeper Rachel Marsden filled the boxes with mealworms and seeds, before leaving them to be discovered around the floor of our walkthrough Lorikeet Lookout exhibit Rachel said: “The … Continue reading Effective enrichment
We’ve installed our newly built nesting boxes into Penguin Bay and they’ve already got occupants! The boxes were built by members of the Senior Citizens Enterprise Woodwork Group, based at Meadow Road Youth Centre in Dudley, alongside bird tables and bat boxes and have saved us hundreds of pounds. Birds Section Leader, Nicola Wright, said: … Continue reading Penguins move in!
We’re providing a helping hand for the site’s wild kestrels by installing nesting boxes around site, just in time for breeding season. We’ve joined forces with the International Centre for Birds of Prey in Gloucestershire, who have provided us with two different box designs, which we’ve added around site. DZG Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson, pictured … Continue reading Kestrel care
We’ve welcomed a new species to DZG as five Azara’s agoutis settle into their new home. The all-male rodent group can be found in Lorikeet Lookout, after relocating from Edinburgh Zoo. Curator Richard Brown, said: “This is the first time we’ve held the Azara’s species and we’re really pleased with how they’ve settled in. “They’re … Continue reading Agoutis arrive!
DZG’s raven, Jill, was put to the test when she received her daily treats in a kong. Bird keepers stuffed the plastic pink toy with chunks of beef, which they left in the enclosure for the playful nine-year-old bird to discover. Trainee Keeper, Jess Jones, said: “Jill loved the kong. “She has a very inquisitive … Continue reading Jill’s put to the test!
DZG’s gardening team have been busy opening up views to the site’s waterfowl pool. The pond, opposite the Discovery Centre, is currently home to a variety of birds, including fulvous whistling ducks, mandarin ducks, chestnut teals, ringed teals and red-crested pochards. In a bid to encourage the grass growth, which the ducks enjoy feeding on, … Continue reading Opening waterfowl views
Our rainbow lorikeets are polite birds and formed an orderly queue for bath time! Section Leader Nicola Wright, managed to grab her camera and record the colourful lorikeets splashing about in their water tray in the walkthrough exhibit, but then got a soaking herself for standing too close! Nicola said: “Lorikeets love water and love … Continue reading Orderly queue for bath time!
It’s National Nest Box Week and we’ve joined forces with a group of crafty Dudley pensioners to help care for the site’s feathered friends. Senior Citizens Enterprise Woodwork Group, based at Meadow Road Youth Centre, have spent the last six weeks building bird boxes, bird tables, bat boxes and penguin boxes for our exotic and … Continue reading Bird box building