Conservation

Talking animals

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

Sign of success

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

Bat chat

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

Wild birds take flight

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

On the hoof art!

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!

Students in focus

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

Hanging out with bats

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

Otterly gorgeous!

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!

Parrots of the Caribbean

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