Enrichment

A turkey tea for tigers!

Sumatran tigers, Daseep and Joao, tucked into a delicious turkey tea thanks to a generous adopter. Big cat keepers purchased two extra large fresh turkeys for the big cat duo following a cash donation from zoo member, Christine Clive, who has adopted our eight-year-old feline since her arrival to Dudley from Wuppertal Zoo in 2012 Continue reading A turkey tea for tigers!

Twenty-four today!

Happy Birthday to our handsome Bornean orangutan, Jorong, who turns 24 today! And keepers were planning to include celery, the alpha male’s favourite food, on the menu as well as giving him new sheets and blankets to play with on his special day. Upper Primates Section Leader Pat Stevens said: “Jorong has been with us Continue reading Twenty-four today!

Evergreen enjoyment

It’s time to take down the trimmings, so our animals are helping recycle festive firs from the zoo’s Winter Wonderland Grotto. As we hit Twelfth Night, traditionally time to take down Christmas trees and decorations to avoid bad luck, dozens of firs from the 11th century castle courtyard are now being used for New Year enrichment. Continue reading Evergreen enjoyment

Sweet-smelling binturongs

Keepers caring for our binturong pair get the sweet-smelling aroma of hot buttered popcorn every day. That’s because Ellie and Elliot use scent glands under their tails to mark out their territory, but to humans is resembles the smell of popcorn. The strong scent hits keepers as they head into the off-show sections of the Continue reading Sweet-smelling binturongs

Present time for chimps

Our seven chimps are being spoilt rotten this festive season as one of their biggest fans has delivered Christmas Eve parcels for them all. Grandmother Wendy Gray, from Coseley, made up the seven gift bags of goodies – one for each of our gorgeous girls Fanny, Malaika, Mandy, Mali, Barbie, Banika and Binti – and Continue reading Present time for chimps

Merry munching Larry!

Christmas came early for Larry, one of our African spurred tortoises, after keepers served up some festive food for the tortoise group. Senior Keeper Sarah Evans and Keeper Adam Davey (pictured) mixed the tortoises’ regular 450g serving of nutritious pellets with water and shaped it into decorative holly leaves to get into the festive spirit. Continue reading Merry munching Larry!