Employees

Well deserved Derek!

Zoo Director Derek Grove has clinched an award in recognition of his 36 years of dedication to Dudley Zoo, its staff and its animals. The 55-year-old father-of-three was named as the Lifetime Achievement Award winner at the Forging a Future For All Awards ceremony at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill last night. The Dudley, Continue reading Well deserved Derek!

Macaque matters

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

Ideas to bear in mind

Team Leader Lesley Lewis and Curator Richard Brown are well prepared for the moment European brown bears return to DZG. The pair attended the Bear Husbandry Workshop at Chester Zoo last month to get ready for the possible reintroduction of European brown bears, should the project win our visitor vote. The £250,000 scheme to reinstate bears Continue reading Ideas to bear in mind

Money-raising moustache

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

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

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

Class of 1950

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

Purr-fect performance Claire

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