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
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
Brothers Hamm, Wilba, Chuck and Little Ernie pigged out on birthday boxes full of treats as they are about to turn six. The four piggy brothers enjoyed ripping into gift-wrapped boxes stuffed with straw, pellets, apple and carrot ahead of their sixth birthday tomorrow. And the eve of their special day couldn’t be a better … Continue reading Four pigs turn six
Dudley Zoo’s very own Spider-Girl rode her motorbike to work with a pile of passengers on board – around 100 baby spiders to be precise. Trainee Keeper Sarah Redding, who is nicknamed ‘Spider’ by her friends and lives with 26 arachnids in the bedroom of her Sutton Coldfield home, donated the egg sac from her … Continue reading A hundred babies on board!
Hoppy International Rabbit Day from Otis, Bran, Snowball, Snowflake, Velvet, Jo, Celine, Amelie and Fleur – DZG’s nine beautiful bunnies. And our biggest bunny Otis – who weighed 6.10kg when he hopped on the scales earlier this week – was getting excited about having lots of visitors throughout the special day. Senior Keeper Lesley Lewis … Continue reading Hoppy Rabbit Day!
The beloved childhood pet of our Conservation Officer Chris Leeson has joined the zoo and is sss-settling in well to his new abode. Sammy the corn snake was given to Chris as a 13th birthday present by his parents, but 13 years on he can no longer live with his devoted owner. So Chris, who … Continue reading Sammy sss-settles in!
Three gecko hatchlings born in DZG’s Reptile House have taken up residence down on the Farm. Two tiny Standing’s day geckos, born on August 7 and 10, and a tokay gecko which hatched on May 7 have just moved into a special hatchling area in the farm barn. Senior Keeper Kirsty Thornton said: “The geckos … Continue reading A trio of hatchlings
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 Wilba, 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!