Conservation

Forming a conservation community

DZG hosted its first ever Community Conservation Forum attended by a variety of local nature groups. Organised by Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson, the event allowed participants to meet each other, share information and discuss ways to improve local breeding sites. Groups taking part included Brumbats, Sandnats (Sandwell Valley Naturalists) and a host of park and Continue reading Forming a conservation community

Show your support!

Visitors can show their support for DZG’s orangutans by purchasing one of our colourful appeal wristbands or pin badges. Every penny from the £2 silicone band or £3 enamel badge, will go towards our campaign to raise £800,000 for a new outdoor enclosure for our Bornean orangs. Zoo Director Derek Grove, said: “Make a pledge Continue reading Show your support!

Feed & fundraise

Visitors can help us stand tall and raise funds for World Giraffe Day this weekend. Throughout tomorrow and Sunday we’re offering the chance for giraffe fans to win a close encounter to feed our trio – Kubwa, Josie and Kito. As well as highlighting the threats giraffes face in the wild, keepers will be selling Continue reading Feed & fundraise

Surveying bats

DZG staff joined forces with conservation group, BrumBats, to survey the wild bats across the 40-acre zoo site. The group, also known as the Birmingham and Black Country Bat Group, spent two hours surveying bats living in and around two on-site caverns. DZG Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson, said: “It went really well. We started just Continue reading Surveying bats

Love DZG!

It’s Love Your Zoo Week and we’re encouraging visitors to love DZG as much as we do! Throughout half term we’ll be running lots of love-themed activities to help spread the message about our conservation, education and research work with some of the rarest animals in the world, which we’ve proudly been carrying out for 80 Continue reading Love DZG!

A deluxe donation

Some of DZG’s tiniest native critters have a new deluxe home, thanks to talented members of a Dudley charity. Woodside Crafts, based in King Street, which supports adults with mental health and learning difficulties, has donated a wall-hanging handmade bug house to us and it’s already filling up with occupants! DZG Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson, Continue reading A deluxe donation

A very special baby!

We’ve got exciting news as we’ve had the first rare black lemur birth at DZG in over a decade. And it’s extra special as we play a key role in the conservation battle of the vulnerable species, as we’re the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) studbook holder for the entire European captive population. The newborn Continue reading A very special baby!

Rare monkey arrivals

We’ve reintroduced two critically endangered new world monkeys to the DZG collection, a decade after we last held the species. Cotton-top tamarins, Katy and Rufus, are settling into the Small Primate House, after the nine year-old female arrived from Birmingham Conservation Park and the eight year-old male, relocated from London Zoo. Trainee Keeper, Cara Sheldon, Continue reading Rare monkey arrivals

Fancy tickling a tapir?!

Don’t forget we’re celebrating World Tapir Day this weekend by offering visitors a chance to give DZG’s Meena and Chico a tickle. We’re raising money for World Land Trust by holding a raffle to win a close encounter with our Brazilian tapirs. Keepers will be selling raffle tickets outside the South American paddock today and Continue reading Fancy tickling a tapir?!