Conservation Officer Chris Leeson shared his tales of hanging out with wild bats at a conference for animal experts. Chris gave a 20-minute presentation to staff from UK animal attractions at the BIAZA (British & Irish Association of Zoo & Aquariums) annual conference and AGM on Dudley Zoo’s relationship with The Birmingham & Black Country … Continue reading Bat chat
Presenter Heather John was excited to receive a pile of lovely letters from Oldbury pupils who became African explorers at DZG. Year Two children from St Francis Xavier Primary School wrote thank you letters to Heather saying how much they had enjoyed the African Explorers workshop she gave as part of their visit. During the … Continue reading Lovely letters
It was far from a snap decision when DZG Assistant Curator Jay Haywood picked the winners in a college photography competition. Judge Jay had the difficult task of choosing two winners and two-runners up from more than 100 entries submitted by 25 Dudley College of Technology students in the competition to create a striking conservation … Continue reading Students in focus
Yo ho ho! It was all hands on deck when DZG bird keepers played the part of ‘Parrots of the Caribbean’ to mark World Parrot Day. The whole team dressed as swashbuckling pirates outside The Round House near the bird aviaries yesterday to celebrate our stunning eight scarlet macaws on the special international day. Head … Continue reading Parrots of the Caribbean
Visitors to the British Mini Day at Himley Hall had plenty of Dudley Zoo’s minis to marvel at – our mini beasts. Our outreach team took a whole host of creepy crawlies to the annual motoring event, allowing visitors to get up close and personal with Madagascan hissing cockroaches and African giant land snails. They … Continue reading Mini beasts
We’re sending more than £250 to a project helping to protect macaques in Indonesia, thanks to generous DZG visitors. The terrific total of £257.40 was raised during International Macaque Week when primate keepers held an awareness event throughout the last Bank Holiday weekend. An information stand was set up in the Castle Courtyard and keepers were on hand … Continue reading Money for macaques
A Kidderminster Brownie pack had a wild time when they bunked down with the beasts at Dudley Zoo. Members of 1st Franche Brownies spent the night in our 11th century Castle undercroft and learned lots about the castle and our animals from Education Assistant Amy Hickman. The next day the girls were up bright and … Continue reading Brownies bunk with beasts
Our latest Employee of the Month, Langan Turner, came to the aid of some visitors who braved a blizzard to get to DZG. The Education Presenter, who gives daily talks, runs school workshops and looks after our small animals in the Discovery Centre, was nominated for the award by several members of the zoo team … Continue reading Langan’s a star!
Visitors can learn more about the many species of bats hanging around DZG as we mark International Bat Appreciation Day. A week today, volunteers from the Birmingham and Black Country Bat Group, known as Brumbats, will join us to talk to visitors about their work helping us monitor the bats found on our 40-acre site. … Continue reading Fly in for bat day!
Ferrets Majik and Jack had a blast when DZG’s Education Team made them an indoor playground to see if they hit it off. Majik, a female or jill, and albino ferret Jack were given boxes, balls, tubes and tunnels to play with so staff could see if they got along and could be put together … Continue reading When Majik met Jack!