We’ve said so long to one of our reindeer, Basil, who has gone north to join an animal centre in Yorkshire. The 18-month-old male reindeer, pictured in the centre training for his Christmas grotto duties last year, left us to live with a new herd at Kirkleatham Owl Centre in Redcar. DZG Assistant Curator Jay … Continue reading Bye-bye Basil
Head on down to Dudley Zoo this half term for some spook-tacular fun, including a ghost trail around the 11th century castle grounds. Our Colombian black spider monkeys certainly enjoyed tucking in to some tasty pumpkins and, with a ghost trail, creepy crafts, extra animal talks and two ghost and history walks each day, there’s … Continue reading Boo from the Zoo!
Santa Claus is coming to town and bookings for the zoo’s grotto have already started coming in to his ho-ho-hotline! And arranging to see Santa in our magical Winter Wonderland Grotto can be organised online too by CLICKING HERE. The Winter Wonderland experience runs from December 1 to Christmas Eve when youngsters can get to see … Continue reading Santa’s on his way!
DZG Presenter Heather John was going through old photos of her late Nanna when something looked unbelievably familiar – Dudley Zoo! Heather knew her Welsh Nanna Myra Williams had taught at a primary school in West Bromwich but had no idea she had brought the class of 1950 to the zoo, 65 years before granddaughter … Continue reading Class of 1950
The RAF flag takes pride of place above Dudley Castle today as we remember the brave personnel who took part in the Battle of Britain. The Royal Air Force ensign has been flying at the heart of the zoological gardens for the past few days and will remain above the 11th century castle throughout today’s 78th … Continue reading Remembering Battle heroes
Things are set to get spooky at Dudley Zoo as staff prepare for ghoulish goings-on at our Halloween Hocus Pocus events. Customer Services Team Member Holly Kennings is one of the gang gearing up for our three spook-tacular evenings for daring youngsters on Monday 29, Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 October. The after-hours fun kicks … Continue reading Ghoulish goings-on!
There’s still time for visitors interested in the history of Dudley Castle to take an exclusive after hours tour this year. There are just two evenings left in 2018 to explore the 11th century castle at the heart of Dudley Zoo – on Tuesday, August 28 and Friday, September 7. These family friendly themed evenings … Continue reading Still time for historic tours
DZG is delighted to announce we’ve been awarded a certificate in recognition of excellent feedback from our visitors. Zoo Director Derek Grove said receiving the TripAdvisor 2018 Certificate of Excellence was a great boost and thanked visitors for their positive comments about our 40-acre attraction. The accolade, which we’ve framed and put up near our … Continue reading Officially excellent
It might be the height of summer but Dudley Zoo is in hot pursuit of Santa! From our very own beach Ow Bin Ya Sands, DZG Assistant Curator Jay Haywood has started the search for a Father Christmas to join our Winter Wonderland grotto – in return for plenty of good cheer. The right recruit … Continue reading Sun, sand and Santa!
Historic herbs and plants used in medieval medicines and recipes are still springing up at DZG today. The poisonous deadly nightshade plant, or belladonna, which grows behind walls of the 11th century Dudley Castle in areas not accessible to the public, had an eye-opening use for medieval women. And the Duke of Argyll’s tea plant, … Continue reading Plants from the past