Our annual census is well underway and creatures great and small are being counted across the zoo’s 40-acre site. For most species it’s a simple matter of a quick head count, but bird keepers came up with inventive colour-coded strips to help identify individual Humboldt penguins in our colony – one of the biggest in Europe. Section Leader, … Continue reading Identifying penguins!
Dudley Zoological Gardens has begun its annual census by counting every animal living on site. The yearly task is part of the licensing requirements of all UK zoos and wildlife parks and involves keepers having to tot up all mammals, invertebrates, birds, amphibians and reptiles in their care and with more than 1,500 animals on … Continue reading Everyone counts!
It’s almost New Year and the bubbles are already freely flowing at DZG as we look forward to celebrating our 80th anniversary. Our meerkat mob had great fun with some bubble enrichment following a delivery from our Amazon Wishlist from generous supporters Julie and Roy Holden, who sent us two large plastic trugs, a bubble … Continue reading New Year bubbles!
Thirty one DZG Humboldt penguins have had a late Christmas present after receiving names from generous adopters. Keepers discovered 40 of our 85-strong colony didn’t have names on their official zoo records, just identification numbers, so we offered penguin fans the chance to adopt and name them. Marketing Assistant, Louise Curtis, said: “We were overwhelmed … Continue reading Flippin’ great news!
We’re gearing up for our 80th anniversary by revealing exciting plans for next year… Over the coming months a £295,000 revamp will begin on SIX projects on site including new extended homes for our critically endangered yellow-breasted capuchins, snow leopards, parrots, military macaws and cockatoos, as well as a larger farm barn and extended farmyard and … Continue reading Anniversary plans…
We’re offering DZG supporters the unique chance to adopt and name one of our Humboldt penguins! We’ve had great success with our colony since we started it off in 1991, with just five hand-reareds and now have a headcount of 85 – one of the largest colonies in the UK. But following a recent ID … Continue reading P-p-pick your own penguin!
We’ve sad news about DZG’s oldest animal, Beryl, the Chilean flamingo, who passed away at the weekend. Although we’ve not got an official date of birth on record for the leggy bird, we believe her to be in her mid-fifties. Curator Richard Brown, said: “We know Beryl was here during the early 1970’s and she … Continue reading Death of DZG’s oldest bird
The weather’s turning colder and here at DZG we’re looking out for our feathered friends. We’ve got hundreds of native small wild birds around the zoo site including chaffinches, robins, blue tits, long tail tits and nuthatches who all need a helping hand at this time of year to keep warm. Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson … Continue reading Feed the birds!
Two new colourful birds have joined the rainbow gang in Lorikeet Lookout. Amongst the 25 birds in the walkthrough exhibit, visitors can now spot a black capped lory and a green naped lorikeet, who both look slightly different to the rainbow lorikeets. Section Leader, Nicola Wright, said: “Lorikeet Lookout has been a really popular … Continue reading A rainbow of colour!
Some of DZG’s animals feature in a new educational CBeebies television series, which began airing yesterday. We took part in the filming of Andy’s Baby Animals back in July, when popular 6’4″ children’s presenter, Andy Day, visited the site to meet one of our baby Humboldt penguins and three newborn peafowl chicks. The 20-part series … Continue reading DZG on CBeebies!