All three family members shared a celebration snack as our youngest Bactrian camel turned three today. And the youngster (pictured in the centre), who was hand fed by keepers for the first three weeks after birth, has grown up fast as she’s already taller than her mum, Jimandi. Senior Keeper Lesley Lewis, pictured feeding Fergie … Continue reading Family feast for Fergie
It was watermelons all round as our chimps celebrated Binti’s 28th birthday today. The mouth-watering fruit was donated by one of the chimps biggest fans, zoo member Wendy Gray from Coseley, who also sent in a bag of treats for the birthday girl. Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden said: “Wendy very kindly gave us a … Continue reading Binti the birthday girl!
Brothers Hamm, Wilba, Chuck and Little Ernie pigged out on birthday boxes full of treats as they are about to turn six. The four piggy brothers enjoyed ripping into gift-wrapped boxes stuffed with straw, pellets, apple and carrot ahead of their sixth birthday tomorrow. And the eve of their special day couldn’t be a better … Continue reading Four pigs turn six
Our striking Sumatran tigress Daseep turns eight today and will have visitors queueing up to wish her a roarsome day. The popular girl, who’s ranked as the second most important female in the genetic species pool, will be lapping up her favourite Marmite treat – which she knows she’ll have all to herself, as male … Continue reading It’s grrr-eat to be eight!
Giant anteater Romy had to box clever today to find her birthday surprises stashed inside cardboard boxes. Keeper Josh Luxton stuffed empty boxes with scrunched up newspaper, dried mealworms and bottles of yogurt as a treat for Romy on her third birthday. She was first to approach the boxes and then our one-year-old male, Bubbles, … Continue reading Birthday boxes
There’ll be plenty of celebrating today as one of our heaviest animals, our youngest macaque and our newest arrival all share their birthdays. Our huge male Patagonian sealion Oba turns 18, our littlest Sulawesi crested black macaque Summer is three and our most recent resident Ellie the binturong has her first birthday. DZG Keepers will … Continue reading Three reasons to be cheerful!
We’ve put in a special phone call today to wish a lady born at Dudley Zoo exactly 80 years ago a very happy birthday. Pictured 12 years ago on the left, Pat Beale – the daughter of one of the zoo’s original keepers when it opened to the public in May 1937 – was born … Continue reading Happy 80th Pat
Blue lights illuminated Dudley Castle overnight as we showed our support for the wonderful work of the NHS. To mark the 70th birthday of the National Health Service – one of the nation’s most loved institutions – our electricians changed all the floodlight bulbs to blue around the 11th century landmark. Dudley Zoo and Castle … Continue reading Illuminating anniversary
A mouth-watering melon was the perfect present for our Brazilian tapir mum Meena as she turned sweet sixteen today. The birthday girl devoured the sweet treat with a little help from her 16-year-old partner Chico, who nuzzled in to share the gift when Meena had got about half way through. Keeper Josh Luxton said: “Meena … Continue reading Sweet sixteen
Today we’re celebrating two birthdays – one old, one new – as we mark milestones for Fanny and Bubbles. Chimpanzee Fanny, our oldest ape at DZG, is 44 on the same day our most recent arrival, male giant anteater Bubbles, turned one. And while Fanny enjoyed chilling out, we knew exactly what to serve up … Continue reading Someone old, someone new!