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
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!
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!
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!
Our two Sumatran tigers had a rip-roaring time when they tore apart an enrichment device made by their keeper. Big Cat Keeper Cheyenne Darkins put smelly giraffe bedding around a block of wood and wrapped it in a woven enrichment toy she made from old fire hose. And we caught the big cat couple on … Continue reading A rip-roaring hour
DZG’s lar gibbon family soon got stuck in to snacks on sticks which their keeper made as a fun way to give them their five a day! Senior Upper Primate Keeper Sian-Leigh Simner used pieces of bamboo to make natural skewers for chunks of apple, pear, banana, sweet potato and carrot, which the family of … Continue reading Sticking to five a day!
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
Our striking Sumatran tigress Daseep turns eight today and will have visitors queueing up to wish her a roarsome day. The popular girl, who’s ranked as the second most important female in the genetic species pool, will be lapping up her favourite Marmite treat – which she knows she’ll have all to herself, as male … Continue reading It’s grrr-eat to be eight!
Can you hang like an orang? That’s just one of the fun games we have in store this weekend as we gear up for International Orangutan Day. We’ll be highlighting the threats critically endangered Bornean orangs face in the wild and raising funds for a conservation charity and our own appeal to build a new … Continue reading Hang out with our orangs
It’s Cotton Top Tamarin Day and our cotton tops Katy and Rufus had a ball as we celebrate the critically endangered species. To mark the occasion, keepers filled small hanging baskets with mealworms and hay to encourage the pair to forage for their treats. And the duo, who joined us in May 2017, had a swinging … Continue reading Celebrating cotton tops!