At the start of the year, we reported how 75 giant grasshoppers had hatched in the farm barn. Now those babies – who reach adult stage after around six weeks – are having babies of their own – which is timely as this week is Insect Week! Keepers spotted one female laying a cluster of … Continue reading Grasshopper lifecycle
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, 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
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
Chinese New Year celebrations are in full swing down on the farm as we celebrate the Year of the Pig! In Chinese culture pigs are the symbol of wealth as their chubby faces and big ears are considered signs of fortune. On the farm we have a family of six micro pigs. There’s mum and … Continue reading Piggin’ out for Chinese New Year!
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
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!
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
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