Recycling certainly pays at DZG as we’ve been able to purchase tasty enrichment treats for our animals with funds raised from scrap metal. Our Brazilian tapirs, along with the Barbary Sheep, giraffes and reindeer, have been enjoying salt licks after we made £176 from scrapping metal from enclosure projects at Mason Metals in Brierley Hill. … Continue reading Recycling pays!
A scent-sational birthday breakfast was served up to our handsome seven year-old Sumatran tiger Joao this morning. To celebrate his big day, keepers used some heart-shaped hose reel enrichment, which they’d left in used giraffe bedding overnight and stuffed it full of his favourite meaty chunks before hanging it from the outdoor climbing frame for … Continue reading Scent-sational birthday breakfast!
When the spring weather’s chilly there’s nothing like a nice soak in a hot tub to warm the cockles! And Asiatic short-clawed otter female, Keyah, was straight in for a dip when keepers tried out a new enrichment activity with the group by adding a plastic tub full of warm water into the enclosure. Section … Continue reading Soaking away spring chills!
Our three Carpathian lynx didn’t waste any time getting stuck into their latest enrichment activity. Keepers put Daisy, Dave and Dakota to the test by tying up meaty bones to the climbing frame of the indoor enclosure for the big cat trio to discover. Senior Keeper Sam Grove, said: “By hanging … Continue reading Bone appetit!
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!
A fire hose hammock is proving to be a huge hit with Ellie the binturong. So much so, the one-year-old has hardly ventured off the hanging rubber bed since it was made and installed by keeper Cheyenne Darkins. Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “During the colder weather we’ve been keeping Ellie and Elliot indoors and … Continue reading Hammock’s a hit!
Dudley Zoo’s Carpathian lynx Daisy went wild for a new scent sprayed on her climbing frame. Keeper Josh Luxton squirted one of the perfumes donated to DZG early last year on to the wooden frame in her enclosure and she loved it. In our video, the beautiful female can be seen rubbing her head up … Continue reading The lynx effect!
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!
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
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