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!
DZG’s Laura Partridge has been handed the Employee of the Month title for her continued dedication despite having broken her arm. The 28-year-old Customer Services Team Member from Tipton, who works with our Little Keepers for the day, in Lorikeet Lookout, in the Farm Barn, the beach and on the chairlift, won praise for working … Continue reading Great going Laura!
Apprentice gardener Jordan Share is powering through his on-site training after getting some top tips on using power tools. The 19-year-old gardening team member has just used hedge trimmers to tidy beech trees and the off cuts will provide tasty treats for our giraffes all winter. Jordan, from Kingswinford, joined Dudley Zoo two years ago … Continue reading Trimmer in training
Thanks to everyone who hung out with us for our International Orangutan Day celebrations – we pulled in more than £400. The £439.14 total, which will be split equally between conservation charity The Orangutan Appeal UK and our own fund to build a new £800,000 exhibit for our four orangs, was raised through games including … Continue reading Thanks for hanging with us!
When two-year-old Ruby Gartshore accidentally dropped her Nanny’s camera into black bear Inca’s enclosure, DZG keepers snapped to it. They rescued the camera and posted it out to the grateful grandmother who has since sent us a donation to buy treats for 38-year-old Inca as a thank you. Senior Keeper Sam Grove used the money … Continue reading Camera calamity
Keeper Josh Luxton was a popular choice for this month’s Employee of the Month award after receiving multiple nominations. The 24-year-old got great feedback from visitors participating in meet and greet experiences and won praise for helping the media and marketing team promote the zoo. In May, his Facebook Live broadcast to celebrate our young … Continue reading Great work Josh!
Head Gardener Carl Stevens today clocked up a blooming impressive 35 years’ service tending to our zoo and castle grounds. To mark the milestone and thank him for his dedication, 52-year-old Carl was presented with gift vouchers by Zoo Director Derek Grove. Carl was just 17 when he joined Dudley Zoo on August 16, 1983, … Continue reading Congrats Carl!
We’ve welcomed three new keepers to DZG in the last few months and they’re all loving looking after our wide variety of exotic animals. Cheyenne Darkins, aged 24, and 26-year-old Sally Sheridan joined the team in May and Stephanie Bignell, aged 25, came to us from Marwell Wildlife in June. (And our male Brazilian tapir, … Continue reading Trio join the team
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!
DZG gardeners have come up with some tips to keep floral arrangements looking blooming beautiful during this long hot summer. Gardener Paul Durber, who waters the site’s hanging baskets and urn arrangements once a day, says dead-heading and watering the centre of the basket’s soil are key. Paul, who has worked at Dudley Zoo for … Continue reading Blooming hot!