Gardeners

Hidden talents!

We’ve discovered our Head Gardener, Carl Stevens, has hidden talents… He may spend his days making our 40-acre site look blooming lovely, but by night he becomes a kickboxing champ! The 53 year-old has just secured his 4th Dan black belt in Lau Gar freestyle kickboxing, after committing to 2,400 hours of training at Dudley’s Continue reading Hidden talents!

Beautiful blooms are tasty treats

DZG’s gardeners are tending special plants which are providing tasty treats for Reggie, our Linne’s two-toed sloth. Our three-year-old sloth can’t get enough of hibiscus flowers and our Head Gardener, Carl Stevens, pictured below, has purchased a variety of the plants for the site’s greenhouses so Reggie can enjoy his fill of freshly picked beautiful Continue reading Beautiful blooms are tasty treats

A diamond celebration!

Two DZG gardeners are celebrating after clocking up 60 years’ service between them. Antony Gwilt has tended the site’s grounds for 35 years, while Paul Durber has reached his 25th continuous year of service today and both said it had “flown by”. The pair were presented with vouchers and thanked for their green-fingered efforts by Zoo Continue reading A diamond celebration!

Putting the planet first

It’s Global Recycling Day and we’re thrilled you’re helping us put the planet first by using our new bins. The colour-coded recycling centres were installed across the 40-acre site last summer encouraging visitors to recycle plastic bottles and aluminium cans and they’ve proved to be a huge success. Conservation Officer Chris Leeson, said: “We’re really Continue reading Putting the planet first

Bags of help!

We’re enormously grateful to a Dudley-based builders merchant for some jumbo sacks to help keep our site spick and span. The Dudley branch of Selco Builders Warehouse, based on the Coneygree Industrial Estate on Coneygree Road, donated the giant sacks to make it easier for us to gather up fallen leaves. DZG Assistant Curator Jay Continue reading Bags of help!

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

Trimmer in training

Apprentice gardener Jordan Share is powering through his on-site training after getting some top tips on using power tools. The 19-year-old gardening team member has just used hedge trimmers to tidy beech trees and the off cuts will provide tasty treats for our giraffes all winter. Jordan, from Kingswinford, joined Dudley Zoo two years ago Continue reading Trimmer in training