Events

Ready for the road

DZG’s outreach team is gearing up to hit the road and we’re getting our critters ready for the journey. Outreach Co-ordinator Madeleine Avila-Thomas, pictured with Californian king snake Cortez, is working with a selection of off-show creatures in our Discovery Centre to get them used to being held and touched by members of the public when Continue reading Ready for the road

Elfie selfie!

There was just time for a quick s-elfie in our Winter Wonderland grotto today, as our elves gear up for their busiest night of the year. Elves Sarah Holt, Lauren Westwood and Charlotte Burrows are some of the top team who have been welcoming thousands of youngsters to our magical grotto set inside the 11th Continue reading Elfie selfie!

Still time to see Santa

Santa has already greeted hundreds of visitors to his glittering grotto at Dudley Zoo but it’s not too late to whisper your wish-list in his ear. The grotto, opened by Sooty who is starring in Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre’s panto Sleeping Beauty, runs until Christmas Eve so there’s still time to book a place. And the Continue reading Still time to see Santa

P.p.popping the question!

Seventy four penguins witnessed a poolside proposal when Grant Lucas p.p.popped the question to his true love, Hayleigh Valentine. Grant, from Raunds in Northamptonshire, went down on one knee to ask Hayleigh to marry him in front of the huddle of Humboldts at Dudley Zoo – and we’re delighted to report she said yes! The 27-year-old Continue reading P.p.popping the question!

When Sooty met Santa

DZG’s glittering Winter Wonderland grotto has been officially opened by panto stars, Sooty and his right-hand man Richard Cadell. The Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s panto stars cut the ribbon to the magical grotto inside the 11th century Dudley Castle just before we welcomed almost 300 children from the Midlands-based children’s charity, Mad Hatters, for their annual Christmas party. Continue reading When Sooty met Santa

All about anteaters!

Today is World Anteater Day and for our two, Romy and Bubbles, that means piles of fun rooting out treats from their termite mound. The giant anteater pair will spend the day exploring the artificial termite mound which keepers built to encourage them to use their 2ft-long tongues to get to the food inside. The Continue reading All about anteaters!

Jet ready for grotto take off!

Reindeer Jet is all fired up for her festive role of greeting young visitors to our magical Winter Wonderland grotto. It’s exactly a month until Christmas Day and Jet is one of our reindeer herd who has been learning the ropes so keepers can walk her up to the grotto to meet our special visitors Continue reading Jet ready for grotto take off!

Macaque matters

Dudley Zoo was delighted to welcome 50 primate keepers from across Europe for the first ever macaque species workshop. The successful BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) Macaque Workshop was led by our Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden with the help of her Lower Primate colleagues. Jodie, also Co-Chair of the BIAZA Continue reading Macaque matters

Drivers’ donation

Members of West Midlands Classic Car Club have clubbed together to make a generous donation to DZG. The £300 cheque was presented to our receptionist Claire Phillpotts to thank us for hosting the club’s 30th annual show this summer. And the group is already gearing up for next year’s event. The donation was delivered by Continue reading Drivers’ donation

Dudley’s light of peace

A beacon of remembrance has been lit at the top of Dudley Castle to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Alan Taylor, ignited the flame at the landmark location at a special ceremony at 7pm last night as part of a nationwide day of commemorative events. Continue reading Dudley’s light of peace