Education

Study time

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

Pupil protectors

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

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

Double delight

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

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

Zoo-ming in!

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!

Owl in a day’s work!

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!

Anyone for Quidditch?

It’ll be a hoot when Dudley Zoo becomes a hub of witchcraft and wizardry to mark International Owl Awareness Day in true Harry Potter style. This Thursday’s event, based on J.K. Rowling’s hugely popular fantasy fiction series, will focus on the 12 owls we have on site, celebrate the iconic bird species and raise awareness Continue reading Anyone for Quidditch?

Discover Dudley

DZG is proud to be part of a stunning new video showcasing Dudley borough’s top tourist attractions and heritage sites. Filmed through the eyes of a curious 10-year-old girl, the two-and-a-half-minute Discover Dudley video takes viewers on a captivating tour to uncover the region’s industrial past, its natural beauty, its skills and innovation and its wealth of Continue reading Discover Dudley

Reptile revelation!

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!