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!
We’re celebrating at the double today to mark Father’s Day and the third birthday of our male red panda, Gawa. In addition to making a fuss of all doting dads at Dudley Zoo – both resident and visiting fathers – we’re sending special birthday wishes to gorgeous Gawa. The red panda, also known as fire … Continue reading Here’s to Dads and Gawa
All eyes will be on Dudley Zoo’s stunning snow leopard Taïga as she turns three today. The gorgeous female, whose name is a Russian word meaning boreal forest or snow forest, came to us a year and a half ago from Beauval ZooParc in France to pair with our resident male, Margaash. Senior Keeper Sam Grove said: … Continue reading Taïga turns three
We’ve had a very special party in our South American Paddock today – and we invited you along! It’s our little Brazilian tapir’s first birthday and we delivered a carrot-topped cake to lovely Luna, live on Facebook this morning. Here it is if you weren’t able to join us! Keeper Josh Luxton, who broadcast DZG’s … Continue reading Celebrating Luna live!
Our snow leopard Margaash couldn’t wait to sink his teeth into birthday treats at his newly-extended enclosure. The handsome male is eight today and loves nothing more than exploring the extensive enclosure he shares with Taïga and playing with scratching posts. This stunning shot of the birthday boy was taken by our Customer Services Team Member, … Continue reading Grrreat to be eight!
Our lovely lioness Asha is celebrating her last year as a tweenager, as she turned 12 today. Well-wishers are expected to visit the birthday girl throughout the day at the one-acre Lion Ridge paddock she shares with her older sister Kyra. Senior Big Cat Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “We do like to make an extra … Continue reading Asha’s big day
A former Dudley Zoo keeper who hand-reared our oldest penguin Pingu has sent an adorable snap – just in time for the bird’s 27th birthday today. Ex-employee Lee Butler forwarded a photo of a press cutting from 1991 when he was in the penguin pool with baby Pingu. The popular penguin – one of the … Continue reading It’s your day Pingu!