When Zoo Director Derek Grove’s school form teacher told him he wouldn’t stick at anything for long, he vowed to prove him wrong… and this week he celebrates 35 years’ continuous service at DZG. Derek was presented with gift vouchers and congratulated by David Sparks OBE, Chairman of DZG’s Board of Trustees, for his long … Continue reading Derek’s dedication
Upper Primates Keepers have finally been able to catch up with our trio of infant black-and-white ruffed lemurs and discovered we have two girls and a boy! The male and female twins were born to Olivia and Broom back in February and have been named Pandora and Prometheus, with keepers keeping to the same Greek … Continue reading Pandora, Prometheus and Primrose!
Nuno our Humboldt penguin chick is easily identifiable in our 70-strong colony as he’s now sporting a striking gold and black flipper band. And the six-month old, who was named after Wolverhampton Wanderers FC manager by a competition winner earlier this year, has now fledged and is available for adoption, just in time for the … Continue reading Nuno’s sporting gold and black!
We’re more than halfway through 2019 and visitors are continuing to vote for which endangered species conservation project they want us to support – with Tasmanian devils currently out in the lead. As part of our commitment to conservation we’ve pledged to donate £12,000 to three hugely worthwhile projects at the end of the year … Continue reading Conservation vote continues
Seeing her beloved geladas in Ethiopia and watching chimpanzees and gorillas at home in the Ugandan rainforests was a dream come true for Senior Primates Keeper Jade Reddall. Our self-confessed crazy gelada girl, Jade, took part in a jam packed 12-day Zoo Keepers tour to Africa, travelling to Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia with a group … Continue reading Jade’s African adventures!
As we continue our BIAZA Big Bug Bonanza, we’re buzzing to discover our 40-acre zoological grounds is providing a great habitat for native bees, wasps, butterflies, moths and flies including a rare beetle! A one-day field study carried out on site by Wolverhampton University Masters graduate, Aaron Bhambra, recorded 35 species of insect, including 18 … Continue reading Buzzing at insect find!
Animal-mad Ben Phillpott had the most amazing 14th birthday when he became a DZG Keeper for a Day! Fourteen is the minimum age for our day-long adult experience and Ben couldn’t wait for his birthday to be able to take part, having previously already completed a Little Zoo Keeper experience in 2017. During his day … Continue reading Ben’s amazing birthday treat!
Our two male Bornean orangutans took part in an international research project but unfortunately our results failed miserably! We were asked by Singapore Zoo’s Wildlife Nutritionist, Francis Cabana, if we’d take part in the EAZA-endorsed project by filming our orangs eating a particular fresh evergreen leaf – congea tomentosa – which were sent directly from … Continue reading Eats shoots and leaves!
Congratulations to Customer Services Team Member, Kirsty Beckett, who’s our latest employee of the month! Kirsty, who has worked at DZG for the past nine years was awarded a certificate and gift vouchers for providing continual great customer services to our visitors. Marketing Manager Andrea Hales said: “Kirsty is a popular host for our birthday … Continue reading Well done Kirsty!
Our leaf cutter ants are feeling at home and have now started to travel through the network of transparent tubes – passing another brand new species to DZG along the way! The custom-built exhibit in the indoor chimp viewing area is home to 3,000 ants and encompasses the two large windows, with the ants recently … Continue reading Transparent tube travelling