Seeing her beloved geladas in Ethiopia and watching chimpanzees and gorillas at home in the Ugandan rainforests was a dream come true for Senior Primates Keeper Jade Reddall. Our self-confessed crazy gelada girl, Jade, took part in a jam packed 12-day Zoo Keepers tour to Africa, travelling to Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia with a group … Continue reading Jade’s African adventures!
As we continue our BIAZA Big Bug Bonanza, we’re buzzing to discover our 40-acre zoological grounds is providing a great habitat for native bees, wasps, butterflies, moths and flies including a rare beetle! A one-day field study carried out on site by Wolverhampton University Masters graduate, Aaron Bhambra, recorded 35 species of insect, including 18 … Continue reading Buzzing at insect find!
Visitors are eager to take home a souvenir of Reggie, our new two-toed sloth, with merchandise flying off the Safari Shop shelves. Since the arrival of the three-year-old last week, DZG visitors have been bagging themselves sloth souvenirs with cuddly sloth toys and magnets proving the weekend’s top sellers. Retail Manager Isobel Blackwell said: “We … Continue reading Sloth souvenirs
We’re really proud to be in a breeding position for the second rarest bird on the planet, following the arrival of a critically endangered female Asian songbird. The 11 month-old Bali Mynah – one of the world’s most iconic songbird species – has relocated from Heidelberg Zoo in Germany as part of a European Endangered … Continue reading Critically endangered pairing
We’re looking ahead to Love Your Zoo Week and encouraging visitors to love DZG as much as we do! Throughout half term we’ll be running themed activities and enrichment to help spread the message about our conservation, education and research work with some of the rarest animals in the world – including Ellie our binturong, … Continue reading Love is in the air!
There’s a clear tell-‘tail’ sign our newly arrived female Coppery titi monkey, Tilda, is already making an impression on male, Frank! Tilda, aged four, has recently been paired with ten year-old Frank following her relocation from La Vallée des Singes in France and the couple were spotted tail twining within days! Senior Keeper Sian-Leigh Simner, … Continue reading A tell-tail sign!
Just over a year ago, Dudley Zoological Gardens vowed to make a noise about the plight of songbirds stolen from forests in Southeast Asia – and we certainly have! And we’ve been joined by a very special ambassador who is helping us continue to raise awareness and funds for the European Association of Zoos and … Continue reading Funds soar for Asian songbirds in crisis
A nest full of native newborn chicks is a wonderful sight, but look closer and you’ll see they’re nesting in plastic. Zoo Member Shaun Thomas sent us these photographs after spotting the mistle thrush family in a tree by the camel paddock on the lower zoo site. DZG Conservation Officer Chris Leeson said: “This was … Continue reading Native species spot!
We’ve got exciting news about our Dudley Zoo badger family – we’ve got babies! After several nights camera trapping in the former wallaby enclosure, DZG’s Conservation Officer Chris Leeson was thrilled to capture on film a mother badger leading three cubs from their underground sett. Chris, pictured below said: “We think this could be one … Continue reading Exciting update from badger watch!
We’re making a pledge for the planet and encouraging everyone to join us in a worldwide ‘lights out’ tomorrow night. Between 8.30pm – 9.30pm on Saturday (March 30) we’re inviting visitors to switch off their lights and join us in marking WWF’s Earth Hour in a symbolic display of commitment to the earth’s diversity. Conservation … Continue reading Lights out everyone!