Carnivores

Enrichment awareness

Sumatran tigers, Daseep and Joao, enjoyed some special enrichment as they helped mark International PKU Day.   PKU, or Phenylketonuria, is a rare inherited metabolic disorder where people can’t break down protein and is a condition our Senior Keeper Kirsty Thornton was diagnosed with as a baby following the routine heel-prick screening. To help mark Continue reading Enrichment awareness

Scent-sational birthday breakfast!

A scent-sational birthday breakfast was served up to our handsome seven year-old Sumatran tiger Joao this morning. To celebrate his big day, keepers used some heart-shaped hose reel enrichment, which they’d left in used giraffe bedding overnight and stuffed it full of his favourite meaty chunks before hanging it from the outdoor climbing frame for Continue reading Scent-sational birthday breakfast!

Death of Inca

It is with great sadness we announce the loss of our beloved Inca, the Asiatic black bear. Inca passed away last night at the grand age of 38, holding the title of the oldest known moon bear in Europe. Curator Richard Brown said: “Inca was very special to DZG and had outlived the typical life Continue reading Death of Inca

Chicken dinner!

Chicken is a dinner staple in many human and animal diets, including our binturongs Ellie and Elliot, who keepers have discovered prefer their poultry cooked! And to ensure the pair always have their portions to their liking, staff have installed a table top hob in the section kitchen to boil the chicken for two-year-old Elliot and Continue reading Chicken dinner!

Crazy for Kubwa

When it comes to people’s favourites at Dudley Zoo, majestic male giraffe Kubwa is right up there! The 18ft-tall creature received the most adoptions last year – with 64 giraffe lovers taking out a year-long adoption pack for the handsome 18-year-old. Popular penguin Dippy was also in demand in 2018, with 49 people picking him Continue reading Crazy for Kubwa

A turkey tea for tigers!

Sumatran tigers, Daseep and Joao, tucked into a delicious turkey tea thanks to a generous adopter. Big cat keepers purchased two extra large fresh turkeys for the big cat duo following a cash donation from zoo member, Christine Clive, who has adopted our eight-year-old feline since her arrival to Dudley from Wuppertal Zoo in 2012 Continue reading A turkey tea for tigers!

Inca’s lazy Sunday

Asiatic black bear, Inca, is enjoying a thoroughly lazy Sunday as she begins her annual spell of semi-hibernation. The 38-year-old female – thought to be the oldest bear of her kind in the world – was spotted taking it nice and easy this weekend. Inca goes into semi-hibernation, or a period of torpor, in her Continue reading Inca’s lazy Sunday

Talking animals in Athens

DZG Curator Richard Brown and Head of Birds Nicola Wright are buzzing with ideas after attending an animal conference in Greece. The EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) Annual Conference at Attica Zoo in Athens was attended by 700 zookeepers and animal experts from across Europe. Nicola, a first-time delegate at the EAZA Annual Continue reading Talking animals in Athens