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!
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!