DZG’s Finance Manager Jon Ashfield is sporting a moustache this month to grow funds and awareness of men’s health issues. But the 46-year-old from Wall Heath, who is taking part in the Movember event, has a long way to go before matching the terrific taches of our Emperor tamarins! The New World monkeys, easily recognised … Continue reading Money-raising moustache
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
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
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
Part-time receptionist Claire Phillpotts has been named Employee of the Month for the wonderful way she helps people who contact DZG. And zoo bosses came up with the purr-fect way to thank the animal-mad mum-of-three from Birmingham, by giving her chance to get up close to our stunning snow leopard, Taïga. Claire was nominated for … Continue reading Purr-fect performance Claire
It’s a sign of a close bond that keepers can communicate with our chimps and understand their needs through hand signals. Keepers working with our seven female chimpanzees regularly use chimp sign language, comprising seven simple commands, which enables staff to easily perform health checks and give any necessary treatment. The Lower Primates team, made … Continue reading Communicating with chimps
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
Today is International Zookeeper Day and we’re going wild for zookeepers around the globe and our very own here at DZG. We have 34 dedicated zookeepers – aged 18 to 51 – who work on a full and part-time basis and love what they do looking after our collection of amazing animals. International Zookeeper Day … Continue reading It’s zookeepers’ day!
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
Dudley Zoo’s very own Spider-Girl rode her motorbike to work with a pile of passengers on board – around 100 baby spiders to be precise. Trainee Keeper Sarah Redding, who is nicknamed ‘Spider’ by her friends and lives with 26 arachnids in the bedroom of her Sutton Coldfield home, donated the egg sac from her … Continue reading A hundred babies on board!