Two DZG keepers took centre stage to share research findings and training techniques with zoo keepers from around the UK. Earlier this month, Senior Primate Keeper Jade Reddall and Ungulates Keeper Josh Luxton took part in the ABWAK (Association of British and Irish Wild Animal Keepers) Symposium 2018 at Longleat – and both impressed the 250-strong … Continue reading Talking animals
A student’s snap of one of our bush dogs so impressed zoo bosses that it has been made into a stunning sign outside the enclosure. Sixteen-year-old student Cameron Whiteside’s beautiful picture of the bush dog was picked out by our Assistant Curator Jay Haywood who judged a Dudley College of Technology poster competition. And it … Continue reading Sign of success
Today is World Camel Day so we’re asking you to get the hump – and pin it on the camel as part of our weekend celebrations. ‘Pin the hump on the camel’ is one of the fun games on our information stand which will be outside the camel enclosure all weekend and there’s chance to … Continue reading Camel capers
Conservation Officer Chris Leeson shared his tales of hanging out with wild bats at a conference for animal experts. Chris gave a 20-minute presentation to staff from UK animal attractions at the BIAZA (British & Irish Association of Zoo & Aquariums) annual conference and AGM on Dudley Zoo’s relationship with The Birmingham & Black Country … Continue reading Bat chat
As well as looking after our endangered species, eagle-eyed keepers have been keeping watch on wild birds born at the zoo. Staff have seen robins, blue tits and a greater spotted woodpecker nesting on site and observed that young chicks have recently fledged their nests. Senior Keeper Jodie Dryden filmed a greater spotted woodpecker (like … Continue reading Wild birds take flight
Dudley Zoo’s two giraffes have created some on the hoof art to raise funds for their threatened cousins in the wild. Two original canvases, one painted by our 17-year-old male Kubwa and the other by nine-year-old female Josie, will be up for grabs in a raffle during our weekend event to mark World Giraffe Day. … Continue reading On the hoof art!
It was far from a snap decision when DZG Assistant Curator Jay Haywood picked the winners in a college photography competition. Judge Jay had the difficult task of choosing two winners and two-runners up from more than 100 entries submitted by 25 Dudley College of Technology students in the competition to create a striking conservation … Continue reading Students in focus
After hanging out with bat conservationists, we’ve discovered up to nine species are roosting in off-show caverns at DZG. Our Conservation Officer Chris Leeson has been working with members of The Birmingham and Black Country Bat Group, known as Brumbats, in Big Ben cavern (at the back of DZG’s birds section) to monitor our wild … Continue reading Hanging out with bats
It’s World Otter Day and when better to celebrate our otterly adorable otter family than during Love Your Zoo Week? DZG visitors can learn more about our Asiatic short-clawed otter dad Buddy, mum Keyah and their two youngsters in a special feed and talk today, the International Otter Survival Fund’s World Otter Day. The family have … Continue reading Otterly gorgeous!
Yo ho ho! It was all hands on deck when DZG bird keepers played the part of ‘Parrots of the Caribbean’ to mark World Parrot Day. The whole team dressed as swashbuckling pirates outside The Round House near the bird aviaries yesterday to celebrate our stunning eight scarlet macaws on the special international day. Head … Continue reading Parrots of the Caribbean