We’ve got a plea to half term visitors to help us provide scent-sational enrichment for our big cats. We’re running low on stocks of herbs and spices, which we use to encourage natural hunting, tracking and foraging behaviours for the likes of our Asiatic lions, Sumatran tigers and Carpathian lynx. Keeper Josh Luxton … Continue reading Herbs and spices help!
Joao’s smiling from ear to ear because he’s heard some grrr-eat news! We had hoped to raise £350 through an online crowdfunder to buy a huge enrichment ball for our big cats and we were overwhelmed by the generosity of the 22 people who donated to our appeal. We were so close to hitting our … Continue reading Joao’s all smiles!
We’ve got a grrr-eat big challenge and we’re asking you for help! Keepers have launched an online crowdfunding appeal to raise £350 to purchase an enormous purposely made enrichment ball for our Sumatran tigers and Asiatic lions and we’re hoping we’ll achieve our target during our half term Love Your Zoo Week celebrations. Acting Team … Continue reading A grrr-eat crowdfunding challenge!
Kyra couldn’t believe her eyes this morning when she discovered the Easter bunny had left her an eggciting 13th birthday gift in her paddock overnight! The birthday girl, alongside sister Asha, couldn’t wait to get stuck into the surprise enrichment Easter delivery of a giant straw nest full of huge papier mâché eggs. And as the … Continue reading Easter surprise!
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!