Well done to Team Leader Nicola Wright, who has been named our Employee of the Month. Nicola was nominated by Zoo Manager, Matt Lewis, for her assistance in covering recent staff absences by stepping back in to help care for our chimpanzees and was awarded a certificate and gift voucher for her efforts. Matt said: … Continue reading Well done, Nicola!
When big cat keepers were recently kitted out with new work boots, they recycled their old ones as alternative bird houses to encourage a resident robin to relocate! Last spring, staff discovered a robin had nested in a precarious spot by the staff gate behind the snow leopard enclosure, which went on to hatch a … Continue reading Robin relocation!
Flo, our female Linne’s two-toed sloth has been named DZC’s most adopted animal of 2021! Hundreds of personalised adoption packs were purchased over the festive season for a wide variety of our animals, which have helped raise thousands of pounds for the zoo’s conservation work. DZC Marketing Manager, Andrea Hales, said: “Once again our sloths … Continue reading Favourite Flo!
It is with immense sadness we announce the deaths of a number of our much-loved Humboldt penguins, following a devastating outbreak of Avian malaria in the colony. The parasitic disease, which cannot be passed on to humans or other animal species, is transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitos and despite extensive efforts from veterinary … Continue reading Penguin statement
When chimpanzee, Barbie, needed dental extraction work, it wasn’t your average trip to the dentist! A makeshift operating theatre, complete with state-of-the art equipment, was created in the primate keepers’ office for the zoo’s veterinary team to use, alongside an expert veterinary dentist, who travelled from Manchester to carry out the two-hour operation – … Continue reading Dental work
2022 is set to be a busy year for DZC as we celebrate our 85th anniversary! And pandemic restrictions allowing, redevelopment work to our orangutan house, giraffe paddock and tiger enclosure all feature in our exciting 12-month plan as we continue to invest in the 40-acre site and improve facilities for our animals and visitors. … Continue reading 2022 plans!
Sprout’s all smiles as she’s heard about a kind hearted youngster, who has raised £132 towards our outdoor orangutan enclosure. Seven-year-old Harriet Pemberton, one of our young zoo members, walked 100k over 17 days to raise the funds for our appeal, walking to and from school, completing laps of her school playgrounds, as well as … Continue reading Thank you, Harriet!
Meet our new conservation education team who hope to inspire the next planet guardians. Heading the crew is a familiar face, DZC’s Conservation Officer Chris Leeson, who’s working alongside Beth Randell (top right) and Carrie Davies (bottom right) who have just completed their first Christmas at Dudley, where they’re all based in the Discovery Centre. … Continue reading Conservation isn’t just for Christmas!
A little bird has told us there’s something special in one of the Christmas trees near Santa in the Safari Shop. Earlier this year staff discovered a robin had found its way into the site’s Christmas storage cupboard and built a nest in one of the artificial trees where it subsequently reared young chicks. DZC … Continue reading A little bird has told us…
Christmas came early for DZC’s Graphic Designer, Rachel Lane, who’s been named our latest Employee of the Month! Rachel was thanked with a certificate and gift voucher for her work in designing and creating the site’s festive displays, including Santa’s Toy Emporium in the Safari Shop, the reindeer paddock and farm barn. Nominator DZC … Continue reading Rachel spreads Christmas magic