Farm

DZC takes centre stage

Three DZC keepers took centre stage at the BIAZA Mammal Working Group virtual conference. Lower Primates Section Leader Jodie Dryden, Carnivore Keeper Cheyenne Darkins and Trainee Keeper Chloe Riley all submitted pre-recorded presentations, which were broadcast to zoo professionals at BIAZA collections around Britain and Ireland as part of the online three-day conference. Jodie spoke Continue reading DZC takes centre stage

Ebony's moult

Ebony, our female Brazilian salmon pink birdeater tarantula, has undergone her annual moult, allowing keepers to get a close-up look at her mouth, fangs, pads and claws on her shed exoskeleton. Tarantulas have a rigid casing protecting their internal organs. As they grow, a larger exoskeleton develops underneath the old one, which sheds as the Continue reading Ebony’s moult

Darling Delilah!

Say hello to our baby camel Delilah, who at just over a week-old took her first brief steps into the outside paddock yesterday . Keepers are supplementing her feeding with bottles of replacement calf milk but are delighted with her progress.

Easter arrivals

There was a special Easter Day surprise down on the farm with the birth of four guinea pigs! The brown, black and white pups were born to mum, Ursula and dad, Stitch, around mid morning on Sunday and they’re delighting visitors with their tiny squeals! Senior Keeper Kirsty Thornton “We were thrilled to discover the babies Continue reading Easter arrivals

Behind-the-scenes fun

A wild time is guaranteed for youngsters aged eight to 13 who fancy being a little zoo keeper at Dudley Zoo. The popular experience gives children, like Isobelle Phillpott and Georgia Green pictured, chance to go behind the scenes, see how a zoo works and meet animals such as tapirs and penguins. Available on Tuesday, Continue reading Behind-the-scenes fun

P-p-pick up a present!

Penguins may top the list in the popularity stakes but there’s plenty to p-p-pick from if you’re after an animal adoption as a great gift. Each year the black and white birds tend to be the most adopted creatures in the zoo but this year newcomers binturongs Ellie and Elliot, naked mole rat Fupi and Continue reading P-p-pick up a present!

Ideas to bear in mind

Team Leader Lesley Lewis and Curator Richard Brown are well prepared for the moment European brown bears return to DZG. The pair attended the Bear Husbandry Workshop at Chester Zoo last month to get ready for the possible reintroduction of European brown bears, should the project win our visitor vote. The £250,000 scheme to reinstate bears Continue reading Ideas to bear in mind

Giant trees for minute mice

Two of DZG’s giant beech trees have been felled and branches given to some of our tiniest creatures – three spiny mice. The 100ft-tall tree at the golden pheasant enclosure has been severely cut back and the beech near the giraffe feeding platform, which was around the same height, has been removed completely. Other offcuts Continue reading Giant trees for minute mice

Family feast for Fergie

All three family members shared a celebration snack as our youngest Bactrian camel turned three today. And the youngster (pictured in the centre), who was hand fed by keepers for the first three weeks after birth, has grown up fast as she’s already taller than her mum, Jimandi. Senior Keeper Lesley Lewis, pictured feeding Fergie Continue reading Family feast for Fergie