Presenter Heather John got crafty to make the Discovery Centre’s macaw Charlie, a new toy. Following a donation from Charlie’s long-term adopter, Christine Clive, Heather purchased metal bells, measuring spoons and plastic beads and chains, which she threaded together through plastic piping to make the jangly bird toy. Heather said: “Charlie loves noise so this … Continue reading Charlie’s new toys
DZG’s outreach team is gearing up to hit the road and we’re getting our critters ready for the journey. Outreach Co-ordinator Madeleine Avila-Thomas, pictured with Californian king snake Cortez, is working with a selection of off-show creatures in our Discovery Centre to get them used to being held and touched by members of the public when … Continue reading Ready for the road
Dudley Zoo has welcomed a new Outreach Co-ordinator who will take small creatures on their travels to a variety of events. Madeleine Avila-Thomas, pictured with Drake the Brazilian rainbow snake, will head up the outreach squad which takes along creepy crawlies, reptiles and furry creatures to schools, events and attractions. The 21-year-old animal lover, who … Continue reading Madeleine joins the team
Registrar and Research Co-ordinator, Dr David Beeston, has today been congratulated by zoo bosses after notching up 35 years of service. The 65-year-old officially joined Dudley Zoo on October 1, 1983 when he set up the education department and established our popular programme of feed and talk times. The dad-of-three from Birmingham headed up the education … Continue reading Dr Dave’s dedication to DZG
We’ve welcomed a chinchilla, two snakes and a bearded dragon to our Discovery Centre. The four new additions – called Blossom, Cortez, Gamble and Blackadder – will be used by Presenters on outreach, school visits, birthday parties and for meet and greets. Pictured with presenters Heather John and Langan Turner, cuddly white chinchilla Blossom was … Continue reading Animal additions
Education staff made a delightful discovery after two ‘male’ dragons donated to the zoo turned out to be a boy and a girl. The pair of Rankin’s dragons – smaller cousins of the bearded dragon – were both thought to be boys when they were handed in to our Education staff for use with visiting … Continue reading Reptile revelation!
A Burntwood-based business has kindly come up with a paper shredding solution to produce piles of fun for our animals. HSM UK has generously donated an impressive shredder to trim newspapers and office waste paper from our Discovery Centre into fine strips which Dudley Zoo’s rats, tenrecs, ferrets and lorikeets will love. Our fancy rats and … Continue reading Paper playtime
Presenter Heather John was excited to receive a pile of lovely letters from Oldbury pupils who became African explorers at DZG. Year Two children from St Francis Xavier Primary School wrote thank you letters to Heather saying how much they had enjoyed the African Explorers workshop she gave as part of their visit. During the … Continue reading Lovely letters
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
Our latest Employee of the Month, Langan Turner, came to the aid of some visitors who braved a blizzard to get to DZG. The Education Presenter, who gives daily talks, runs school workshops and looks after our small animals in the Discovery Centre, was nominated for the award by several members of the zoo team … Continue reading Langan’s a star!