Discovery Centre

Appealing for plants!

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!

Grant funds Tecton revamp

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

Charlie's new toys

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

Ready for the road

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

Madeleine joins the team

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

Dr Dave’s dedication to DZG

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