Birds

Identifying penguins!

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!

Everyone counts!

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!

Flippin' great news!

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!

Anniversary plans...

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…

Feed the birds!

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!

A rainbow of colour!

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!

DZG on CBeebies!

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!