We’re bringing back a limited talks programme for Halloween half term, allowing visitors to find out more about some of our species and hear some spooky stories about our castle! Learn all about our tigers, giraffe, penguins and camels, while also discovering about the castle ghosts in our Presenter-led talks, which will run each afternoon … Continue reading Talks return for half term
A MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who nominated us for the Ecclesiastical Insurance Movement for Good award, because of your votes, we’ve won £1,000! Back in May we appealed for your help in helping us secure some much-needed funds and we’re thrilled to be one of 500 charities, out of 13,000 nominated, who have won … Continue reading We’ve won £1,000!
Chillie, the Chilean Rose Tarantula checks out a new award-winning children’s book, inspired by DZC’s spiders! Cobweb Capers, has recently won the Young Winner category in the Turtle Sea Books Spring 2021 Contest and we’re grateful to author, Dr Jane McGee, a Psychology teacher at Old Swinford Hospital School, in Stourbridge, who has donated a … Continue reading Chillie’s an inspiration!
Calling all green-fingered visitors! We’re hoping to spruce up our Discovery Centre and we’re appealing for potted houseplants. Can you help us please?! We’re on the hunt for unwanted indoor plants of all shapes, sizes and varieties to help us decorate our Rainforest Room. DZC Conservation Officer Chris Leeson said: “Whether you’ve got houseplants at … Continue reading Appealing for plants!
DZC has been given the go ahead to begin developing plans to renovate a further four of the site’s iconic 1930’s Tecton structures. A £120,000 grant from the Getty Foundation’s Keeping It Modern initiative will allow repair proposals to be carried out on the Discovery Centre (the former Moat Café), Queen Mary Restaurant (formerly the … Continue reading Grant funds Tecton revamp
DZG’s Head of Education Phil Turner is inviting schools to fill his classroom this year! We’ve launched our new 2019/2020 educational programme with a diverse range of fun and interactive sessions for children in early years up to post 16, which include a host of props, artefacts, costumes and an animal or two! All our … Continue reading Help Phil fill his seats!
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