We’re celebrating the best yearly visitor figures for three decades, with 311,303 people flocking through the turnstiles in 2019. Our relaunched walkthrough Lemur Wood, home to 23 free-roaming lemurs, as well as the arrival of new species, including a Linne’s two-toed sloth, Arctic foxes and leaf-cutter ants all helped draw the crowds during the last … Continue reading What a year!
Calling all aspiring artists! We’re hoping your talents can transform some of our vivariums in the Discovery Centre. Education staff have 11 plain wooden vivs, of various sizes, to display the zoo’s many Discovery Time artefacts, which they’d like jazzing up with a colourful backdrop to represent the following different categories: · British Wildlife · … Continue reading Decorate our vivs!
There was only one way zoo member Rita Nicholls could mark her tenth year adopting Bornean orangutan, Jorong – by arranging a meet and greet with her favourite boy. And Rita always tries to visit our alpha male, who turned 25 last week, around his birthday. Rita, from Willenhall, said: “Jorong is such a character … Continue reading A milestone encounter!
Our female Victoria Crowned pigeon has a very special birthday present, with the arrival of a male suitor! The pigeon, who’s four today, has been joined in Lorikeet Lookout by a five-year-old male from Frankfurt Zoo in Germany – pictured above – and it seems love might already be in the air! Section Leader Nicola … Continue reading Birds pair up!
With the availability of fresh leaves in short supply over the coming months, keepers are having to alter what they’re giving our leaf cutter ants. Keeper Harley Hunt said: “Because the ants’ usual leaves are not available during the winter months and they have difficulty cutting the really thick evergreen leaves, we’ve had to look … Continue reading An ant alteration
Our primate keepers are tickled PINK to discover our newest gelada baby is a GIRL!!! The youngster, who was born on December 19, is only our second female out of eight juveniles and has been named Panya, an African name meaning crowned one. Lower Primates Keeper Jade Reddall, said: “We thought the name Panya was … Continue reading Our baby gelada is…
Reggie, our Linne’s two-toed sloth, has proved to be the most popular animal at DZC of 2019 – overtaking our usual firm favourite! Since arriving last summer, the four year-old has quickly secured lots of fans and was our most adopted animal over the festive period. DZC Marketing Assistant Louise Curtis said: “Reggie has been … Continue reading Reggie’s number one!
Keepers at Dudley Zoo and Castle are busy counting heads as part of the annual animal stocktake. It’s the time of year when zoos throughout the country are legally required to tot up every invertebrate, bird, mammal, reptile and amphibian, but with more than 200 species at the Midlands-based attraction, it’s easier said than done, … Continue reading Counting conundrum!
Happy New Year from everyone at DUDLEY ZOO AND CASTLE. 2020 heralds a new era for the zoo as we officially rebrand and return to the name we last used almost two decades ago. Zoo Director Derek Grove said: “This year marks the 950th anniversary of the building of a motte and bailey castle in … Continue reading New year, new name
With a new year just hours away, we’ve put together some achievable Dudley Zoo Year Resolutions – so why not pledge to support one or more and do you bit for wildlife and conservation in 2020? We look forward to seeing you next year! Use less plastic Use bags for life, ditch the one-use food … Continue reading Zoo Year Resolutions