Once upon a time at DZG a mob of meerkats snuggled up to listen to their keeper read all about their wild cousins in the Kalahari Desert. We’re marking World Book Day today with the help of ‘Meerkat Mail’ – a children’s book which is proving popular with our young school visitors. Marketing Assistant Louise … Continue reading Once upon a time…
DZG has vowed to fight plastic waste and back a UK campaign to highlight the damage it wreaks on our oceans and wider environment. We’re supporting efforts from the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) to get its members and their visitors to reduce levels of plastic being used on site. Already our … Continue reading Plastics pledge
Dudley Zoo was delighted to welcome 50 primate keepers from across Europe for the first ever macaque species workshop. The successful BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) Macaque Workshop was led by our Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden with the help of her Lower Primate colleagues. Jodie, also Co-Chair of the BIAZA … Continue reading Macaque matters
Keepers Kriss Pearson and Josh Luxton are knuckling down to some serious study as they begin their diploma in zoo keeping. Kriss, from our birds section, and Josh who works with our ungulates and big cats, are just starting their Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA) – the industry standard for … Continue reading Study time
We’re so grateful to Shifnal schoolgirls who formed a group called ‘Protectors of Endangered Animals’ to raise funds for Dudley Zoo. The group of seven girls from St Andrew’s CE Primary School in Park Lane, who have all now moved up to Idsall School, raised £110.92 for our conservation work through selling cakes and crafts. … Continue reading Pupil protectors
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
It was high fives all round after Keepers Adam Davey and Harley Hunt gained their diplomas in animal management. Adam, aged 27, who works on the big cats and ungulates section and 25-year-old Primate Keeper Harley passed the demanding two-year Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA) course and their certificates have … Continue reading Double delight
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
Photography students have been zooming in on our animals as part of an annual college competition to design a conservation poster. And this year the Dudley College of Technology students have the expert help of a professional nature photographer who was himself a student on the course nine years ago. Dan Everitt, who took this … Continue reading Zoo-ming in!
Happy International Owl Awareness Day twit twoo – we had a magical time celebrating and raised £300 for a bird conservation charity. On Thursday, our bird keepers and Presenter Langan Turner transformed into Harry Potter characters to celebrate DZG’s 12 owls, including Grafton the coast horned owl (pictured), and the iconic species all over the … Continue reading Owl in a day’s work!