It was a close shave for DZG’s Icelandic sheep when they lost their woolly fleeces for the summer. Our Curator Richard Brown – helped by Kirsty Thornton, Chris Leeson and Amy Paddock – put his new shears into action to shave off the animals’ thick coats. Senior Keeper Kirsty Thornton said: “It was time for … Continue reading A close shave
Today we’re celebrating two birthdays – one old, one new – as we mark milestones for Fanny and Bubbles. Chimpanzee Fanny, our oldest ape at DZG, is 44 on the same day our most recent arrival, male giant anteater Bubbles, turned one. And while Fanny enjoyed chilling out, we knew exactly what to serve up … Continue reading Someone old, someone new!
Conservation Officer Chris Leeson shared his tales of hanging out with wild bats at a conference for animal experts. Chris gave a 20-minute presentation to staff from UK animal attractions at the BIAZA (British & Irish Association of Zoo & Aquariums) annual conference and AGM on Dudley Zoo’s relationship with The Birmingham & Black Country … Continue reading Bat chat
We’re celebrating at the double today to mark Father’s Day and the third birthday of our male red panda, Gawa. In addition to making a fuss of all doting dads at Dudley Zoo – both resident and visiting fathers – we’re sending special birthday wishes to gorgeous Gawa. The red panda, also known as fire … Continue reading Here’s to Dads and Gawa
As well as looking after our endangered species, eagle-eyed keepers have been keeping watch on wild birds born at the zoo. Staff have seen robins, blue tits and a greater spotted woodpecker nesting on site and observed that young chicks have recently fledged their nests. Senior Keeper Jodie Dryden filmed a greater spotted woodpecker (like … Continue reading Wild birds take flight
Dudley Zoo’s two giraffes have created some on the hoof art to raise funds for their threatened cousins in the wild. Two original canvases, one painted by our 17-year-old male Kubwa and the other by nine-year-old female Josie, will be up for grabs in a raffle during our weekend event to mark World Giraffe Day. … Continue reading On the hoof art!
DZG’s Russian-named meerkats Oleg, Sergei, Mikhail and Aleksandr are all set for kick off later after their own World Cup warm-up. Keeper Josh Luxton popped a papier mâché ball, bearing the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 logo, into the meerkat enclosure so the mischievous mammals could have a kick about ahead of the first whistle. Josh … Continue reading Feast of football!
More than 600 toddlers and families pounded the paths around Dudley Zoo and Castle to pull in pounds for children’s charity Barnardo’s. DZG monkey mascot Monty was joined by TV’s Teletubby Po and charity ambassador Rebekah Vardy, of I’m A Celebrity fame, as the Barnardo’s Big Toddle got underway yesterday. And we’re expecting hundreds more youngsters … Continue reading Terrific toddling!
It was far from a snap decision when DZG Assistant Curator Jay Haywood picked the winners in a college photography competition. Judge Jay had the difficult task of choosing two winners and two-runners up from more than 100 entries submitted by 25 Dudley College of Technology students in the competition to create a striking conservation … Continue reading Students in focus
Meet the man with the £2,500 weekly shopping bill whose new job is to make sure all Dudley Zoo’s animals are well fed. Gaz Arnold has joined DZG as store manager and with 1,600 animals in our collection – that’s a lot of mouths to feed! The dad-of-two from Tipton is responsible for arranging food … Continue reading Gaz’s zoo role