Enrichment

Studying sea lions

Keeper Josh Luxton is itching to try out new techniques with our sea lions after attending a workshop in Wales. The 24-year-old keeper has recently returned from the BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) Seal and Sea Lion Workshop which took place at the end of last month at Welsh Mountain Zoo Continue reading Studying sea lions

Wheely generous gesture!

It was wheely generous of the garage owners at the centre of Channel 4’s Car SOS to give us dozens of spare tyres. The 24 used tyres were offered to DZG by Keeper Harley Hunt’s mechanic dad Tony Hunt, who works at Fuzz and Tim’s SOS Workshop in Oldbury, for use with our animals. Workshop Continue reading Wheely generous gesture!

Giraffes from new heights

Giraffe keepers have filmed our long-legged duo from new heights after attaching a camera to their feeding winch. The fascinating footage shows DZG’s two gracious giraffes, 17-year-old Kubwa and nine-year-old female Josie, feasting on every last leaf from a huge branch hung up high in their paddock. Keeper Josh Luxton said: “This is the first Continue reading Giraffes from new heights

Cheers for the bubbles!

DZG meerkats had a blast bursting bubbles thanks to a generous zoo supporter who bought a bubble machine for our animals. The meerkat mob darted about their den chasing the bubbles and popped them with their noses and paws. The bubble machine was kindly purchased from the Amazon wish list created by Dudley Zoo for Continue reading Cheers for the bubbles!

It's zookeepers' day!

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!

Binti the birthday girl!

It was watermelons all round as our chimps celebrated Binti’s 28th birthday today. The mouth-watering fruit was donated by one of the chimps biggest fans, zoo member Wendy Gray from Coseley, who also sent in a bag of treats for the birthday girl. Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden said: “Wendy very kindly gave us a Continue reading Binti the birthday girl!

Emergency rations

Male sealion Oba enjoyed some emergency rations when keepers tucked treats into old fire hose donated by West Midlands Fire Service. The 18-year-old Patagonian sealion, who weighs in at more than 37 stone, loved freeing sprats from the plaited hose feeding device, which was made by Keepers Cheyenne Darkins and Josh Luxton to make his snack Continue reading Emergency rations