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
It’s Love Your Zoo Week and our animals are crazy about new heart-shaped enrichment toys which keepers made with love. Staff made the feeding devices out of old fire hose in their own time and have filled them with treats for our primates, tapirs, Farm animals, flamingos and red pandas to discover. Love Your Zoo … Continue reading Love Your Zoo Week 2018
We’re sending more than £250 to a project helping to protect macaques in Indonesia, thanks to generous DZG visitors. The terrific total of £257.40 was raised during International Macaque Week when primate keepers held an awareness event throughout the last Bank Holiday weekend. An information stand was set up in the Castle Courtyard and keepers were on hand … Continue reading Money for macaques
DZG’s new binturong Elliot arrived just in time to celebrate World Binturong Day today. This is the first time we’ve held the fascinating species and our gorgeous one-year-old binturong has been seen exploring his wonderful new enclosure. Elliot joined us from Olomouc Zoo in the Czech Republic and moved into his impressive £25,000 abode at … Continue reading Celebrating Elliot