DZG’s African pygmy goats are loving their new playground thanks to the upcycling skills of our specialist maintenance men. Mike Grace and Paul Share, who work on special development projects across the zoo, transformed part of the old play equipment that was near our camels into a new playground for goats Crouch, Dilly and Daffy. … Continue reading Pygmy goat playtime
It’s Love Your Zoo Week and our animals are crazy about new heart-shaped enrichment toys which keepers made with love. Staff made the feeding devices out of old fire hose in their own time and have filled them with treats for our primates, tapirs, Farm animals, flamingos and red pandas to discover. Love Your Zoo … Continue reading Love Your Zoo Week 2018
Our six micro pigs had a cracking time when keepers laid on a post-Easter egg hunt for them. Staff down on the Farm at Dudley Zoo kept their empty Easter egg boxes to fill with a fruity feast for the hungry hogs. Senior Keeper Lesley Lewis said: “We filled the boxes with hay, apple and … Continue reading Piggin’ out
Our female guinea pigs are enjoying an extension to their castle enclosure – and its architecture is very in-keeping with DZG. The seven girls – all named after Disney characters – now have a curvy Tecton replica of our meerkat enclosure linked to their castle hideout. There is a tunnel joining the two structures, which … Continue reading Animal architecture
Young school visitors can get an idea of the full scale of our super-sized spider, as we’ve boxed one of her moults. When Ebony the Brazilian salmon pink bird-eating tarantula last shed her skin, keepers down on the Farm decided to put it in a clear box so school visitors can get close to the … Continue reading Ebony’s exoskeleton
With many schools breaking up for Easter today, it’s an egg-cellent time to play at DZG! We’ve had impressive new play equipment installed at two of our play areas, just in time for the holidays. And first to try it out was seven-year-old Rebecca Bailey from Bath, whose school holiday started even earlier. The new … Continue reading School’s out!
DZG has a cracking variety of activities lined up for our Easter visitors including new play equipment, fun on the Farm and egg-stra talk times about our amazing animals. As well as our latest animals – baby bats and the recent addition of a new species to DZG, naked mole rats – two play areas … Continue reading We’ve got Easter cracked!
Keepers have been getting the measure of creatures down on the DZG Farm – with some new digital scales. Knox, our pygmy hedgehog, a leopard gecko and Pocahontas the guinea pig were first to test out the new scales. Farm Section Leader Lesley Lewis said: “We weigh all our animals monthly as part of their health … Continue reading Tipping the scales!
We’ve had 18 new critters hatch in the farm barn – but you’ll have to look really hard to spot them! As the tiny Peleng stick insect nymphs are only a few centimetres in size and as their name implies, they can easily camouflage themselves against sticks, leaves and twigs. The babies, which have a … Continue reading Farm’s new arrivals
Congratulations to apprentices, Harry Upton and Mary Taylor, who have landed full-time positions here at DZG. The pair have secured their dream jobs as trainee keepers after impressing zoo bosses with their hardworking attitude since joining us as apprentices at the start of the year. Harry, from Halesowen, said: “I’m immensely happy. “When I was … Continue reading Congratulations to our newest keepers!