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!
DZG staff celebrated the end of our busy summer season with a friendly football match and party in the castle courtyard. A team of zoo keepers took on the shop staff in the after hours game, and were cheered on by the rest of the staff on the sidelines. And the customer services team reigned … Continue reading Friendly football rivalries
Brave DZG Keeper Adam Wrench took a leap of faith and raised more than £800 for our Orangutan Appeal. The 27 year-old farm keeper plummeted 10,000ft through the air during a sponsored skydive last week, as he raised money towards our £800,000 target to build a separate outdoor enclosure for our four orangutans – Jorong, … Continue reading Adam’s leap of faith!
Congratulations go to Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, who’s our latest fully-qualified recruit! Sam has successfully passed the demanding two-year Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA) course. The 25 year-old, said: “I’m delighted to have passed the course, it’s been hard work so it’s a relief to have finished.” The DMZAA is … Continue reading Sam succeeds!
We’ve launched an in-house employee of the month scheme to reward staff who have gone above and beyond. And our first ever winner is Apprentice Keeper Mary Taylor who works on our bird section. Nominations come from colleagues and the scheme is open to all staff working across all the site’s departments, with Mary chosen … Continue reading Well done, Mary!
DZG’s Nicola Wright, is celebrating after flying through a course about managing birds of prey. Section Leader Nicola, took part in the day long Managing Raptors for Health and Longevity at the International Centre for Birds of Prey in Gloucestershire. Led by a specialist in avian medicine, the BIAZA credited training course covered housing, day-to-day … Continue reading Nicola flies through bird course
It’s a fantastic start to 2017 for Ellis Robinson as the 20-year-old has landed a Trainee Keeper position at DZG. A familiar face on site for the last couple of years, securing the permanent position is a dream come true for the animal lover from Gornal, after impressing zoo bosses with her hardworking attitude and dedication. Ellis … Continue reading Ellis lands the job!
Spiders may be one of the most feared animal species in the world, but for DZG’s Weekend Keeper, Sarah Redding, they’re a life’s passion! Currently the 40 year-old owns 23 tarantulas which she keeps in tanks in her bedroom, including the world’s largest – the Goliath birdeater, called Bridget, who’s the size of a dinner … Continue reading Spider-Girl Sarah!