We’re wishing our youngest and most playful chimp Banika many happy returns as she turned 24 today. The birthday girl enjoyed some dates and monkey nuts which were kindly donated to the all-female group by chimp lover and DZG member Wendy Gray. Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden said: “Banika is definitely our cheekiest chimp and … Continue reading Birthday girl Banika
Bornean orang Jazz had a pile of pink parcels waiting for her as she celebrated her 27th birthday today. Gorgeous Jazz soon tucked in to fruit and veg treats hidden inside the boxes and took the sheet they were laid out on to make her own birthday outfit. And her seven-year-old daughter Sprout gave her … Continue reading Birthday boxes for Jazz
Birthday boy Benji is in for a fun time after getting a new bread crate for his 41st today. The charismatic Bornean orang, who loves carrying a plastic bread tray around with him, was presented with a replacement crate as his old one was getting tatty. But the man of the moment is refusing to give … Continue reading Have a crate birthday Benji!
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