Our Asiatic lions and snow leopards are hitting the weighing scales as part of regular health checks, thanks to the generosity of animal lovers. Following a donation from GMS Group, a security specialist company based in Bromsgrove, we’ve been able to purchase and fit a permanent set of scales for endangered lionesses, Asha and Kyra, … Continue reading Generous animal lovers!
When big cat keepers needed to distinguish the faeces of our Sumatran tigers, Daseep and Joao, they turned to edible glitter to help! Staff are feeding nine year-old Daseep chunks of meat sprinkled with the colourful cake decoration so they can spot sparkles in her samples. Acting Team Leader, Sam Grove, said: “We’re feeding Daseep … Continue reading Sparkling samples
When tree maintenance work required our red panda pair to leave their paddock, keepers seized the opportunity to give them the once-over. And the outcome of the chance check-ups is that our 13-year-old female Yasmin and three-year-old male Gawa are in perfect health. Assistant Curator Jay Haywood said: “For safety reasons we had to move … Continue reading Perfect panda health
DZG chimps and Senior Keeper Jodie Dryden made an early morning TV appearance today in a programme for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. They featured in the BBC TWO programme See Hear at 8am showing how Dudley Zoo’s primate keepers communicate with our seven chimps through hand signals. See Hear Researcher Melissa Wessel contacted us to … Continue reading Chimps on telly
Keeper Josh Luxton is itching to try out new techniques with our sea lions after attending a workshop in Wales. The 24-year-old keeper has recently returned from the BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) Seal and Sea Lion Workshop which took place at the end of last month at Welsh Mountain Zoo … Continue reading Studying sea lions
It’s a sign of a close bond that keepers can communicate with our chimps and understand their needs through hand signals. Keepers working with our seven female chimpanzees regularly use chimp sign language, comprising seven simple commands, which enables staff to easily perform health checks and give any necessary treatment. The Lower Primates team, made … Continue reading Communicating with chimps
Bird keepers are p-p-pleased to reveal we’ve got 74 Humboldt penguins – including seven babies – after their September stock-take. Each September, once the breeding and moulting season is over, we take time to check over and count each bird in the colony, identify them by their flipper bands and scan their microchips. The seven … Continue reading Humboldt headcount
When Keeper Josh Luxton attached a camera to a target training stick he didn’t expect our giraffes to come right in for a close up. Inquisitive duo Kubwa and Josie kept reaching for the mini camera with their tongues – which gave Josh chance to make a quick health check and a great video too! … Continue reading Ready for our close-ups!
DZG Head of Birds Nicola Wright has attended a flamingo forum on coping with any future outbreak of avian influenza in the UK. The section leader received a certificate after attending the ABWAK (Association of British and Irish Wild Animal Keepers) Flamingo Keepers’ Workshop on bird biosecurity, hosted by ZSL London Zoo on July 26. … Continue reading Flamingo forum
DZG’s black bear Inca – thought to be the oldest in the world – is doing un-bear-lievably well after sailing through her annual health check. And one of the key factors helping the much-loved 38-year-old’s current fine form is this heatwave, which is doing her joints the world of good. As the oldest Asiatic black … Continue reading Un-bear-lievably well