Two DZG keepers took centre stage to share research findings and training techniques with zoo keepers from around the UK. Earlier this month, Senior Primate Keeper Jade Reddall and Ungulates Keeper Josh Luxton took part in the ABWAK (Association of British and Irish Wild Animal Keepers) Symposium 2018 at Longleat – and both impressed the 250-strong … Continue reading Talking animals
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
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
A handful of DZG keepers did knot take long to master a new rope tying technique to create stimulating toys for our animals. Six keepers, including Jade Reddall pictured, learned how to make a rope ball called a monkey fist at an after-work tutorial led by Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden. This was the second … Continue reading Knot bad going!
We’re putting final touches to the snow leopard extension which is almost ready for our big cat pair to move into! It was a team effort as keepers from across the site joined forces with our Dudley College students to spread 12 tonnes of wood chipping across the flooring in the extension of the enclosure … Continue reading Final touches to leopard enclosure
Congratulations to apprentices, Harry Upton and Mary Taylor, who have landed full-time positions here at DZG. The pair have secured their dream jobs as trainee keepers after impressing zoo bosses with their hardworking attitude since joining us as apprentices at the start of the year. Harry, from Halesowen, said: “I’m immensely happy. “When I was … Continue reading Congratulations to our newest keepers!
Two DZG keepers are hitting the books as they begin their Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA). Senior Bird Keeper, Ben Vanes and Lower Primates Keeper, Jade Reddall, are the latest recruits to boost their knowledge and skills in animal care as they undertake the qualification, known as the industry standard … Continue reading Keepers hit the books
Have you followed our Instagram page yet? Led by our zoo keepers, our page – dudley.zoo (note the dot!) regularly posts behind-the-scenes photos and videos of our 1,200 strong animal collection and zoo events. DZG Press Officer Rachel Hickman, said: “The page is run by our keeping staff and they’re the ones who are able … Continue reading Follow us on Instagram!
Our newest keeper, Deb Pittaway, has completed her first summer season at DZG! Deb, aged 35, has joined our Upper Primates team from Twycross Zoo and has started her duties working alongside our four Bornean orangutans, Benji, Jorong, Jazz and our cheeky youngster, Sprout – just look at the face the six year-old is pulling … Continue reading Deb’s first DZG season!
We’ve welcomed a new critically endangered male Sulawesi crested macaque to DZG, who has a special place in the heart of Lower Primates Senior Keeper, Jodie Dryden. As Jodie was five year-old Tambo’s former keeper at Drusillas Park in East Sussex, where she helped care for him from birth. (pictured above!) Jodie said: “I returned … Continue reading Jodie reunites with Tambo!