As the glorious sunshine continues, wallowing in mud has several health and beauty benefits for our micro-pigs. Not only is mud great fun for Wilbur, Chuck and their brothers down on the DZG Farm, it keeps them cool, helps them clean themselves, gets rid of parasites and acts as a natural sunscreen. Senior Keeper Kirsty … Continue reading Mud, mud, glorious mud!
Our two latest apprentice keepers are settling in well to their on-site training and are wild about the work. Anthony Wingfield, aged 17, and Sophie Savage-Eccles, aged 19, joined us at the start of April as part of an apprenticeship scheme run in conjunction with KEITS Training Services. The programme enables young apprentices to learn … Continue reading Keepers in training
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!