Tasmanian devils have come out on top following this year’s voluntary visitor gift aid vote. We pledged to donate £12,000 to three hugely worthwhile projects, featuring some obscure creatures, which people may not have necessarily heard of, with the winning programme receiving £10,000 (made up of £2,000 each year for five years) while the … Continue reading And the winner is…
It’s going to be a first Christmas for many DZG animals this year, as we’ve had a busy 12 months for births! Kicking off 2019 was the arrival of an Egyptian fruit bat in January and in total we’ve had seven born in Castle Creatures. In February there were celebrations in the Small Primate House … Continue reading First Christmas
We’re sending congratulations to Bird Keeper Jess Jones, who’s top of the flock after being named employee of the month. Jess was awarded a certificate and gift vouchers after receiving fantastic feedback from a college group, who purposely phoned the zoo to praise her following their visit. Zoo Manager Matt Lewis said: “We received a … Continue reading Jess is top of the flock!
We’ve got you covered for last minute Christmas gifts – as we’re turning Dudley Castle into an open-air cinema again next spring, as we screen three popular blockbusters. We’ve teamed with QUAD to present The Greatest Showman on Friday 22nd May, Rocketman on Saturday 23rd May and Downton Abbey on Sunday 24th May in the … Continue reading Cinema nights are back!
Ahead of your Christmas food shop, our tapirs are helping us urge shoppers to help conserve wildlife – including their Malayan cousins – by not buying palm oil products. Many festive indulgences, including chocolate, biscuits, Christmas puddings and mince pies contain unsustainable palm oil, which is devastating the habitats of the likes of Sumatran tigers, … Continue reading Responsible Christmas shopping
There’s another new animal to add to Santa’s Christmas list as the first of our beautiful giant flower beetles have emerged from their cocoons. Back in the summer we posted how keepers were caring for a number of larvae, weighing them regularly as they prepared to pupate into pupal cells, formed from the mulch material … Continue reading Giant flower beetles emerge
There were smiles all round from Senior Keeper Jade Reddall who’s our latest fully-qualified recruit! Jade has received her certificate after successfully passing the demanding two-year Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA) course, which is the industry standard for training zoo keepers. Jade, who has worked at DZG since 2013, said: … Continue reading Well done, Jade!
Keepers have sexed our newest yellow-breasted capuchin and it’s another boy, who they’ve named Deet. The baby was born in September to 16-year-old mum, Dinya and 12-year-old dad, Willow. Upper Primates Section Leader Pat Stevens, said: “Deet’s making fantastic progress and is proving popular with our visitors.” The critically endangered species form part of a … Continue reading Sweet Deet!
Our Winter Wonderland grotto is officially open after panto stars, Su Pollard and Jeffrey Holland, launched our Christmas festivities. The Hi-de-Hi celebs, who are starring in this year’s DZG sponsored panto at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, took time out of the Dick Whittington rehearsals to visit the zoo and meet Santa and his reindeer. DZG Marketing … Continue reading Santa’s here!
Senior Keeper Stacey Evans proved to be the flower of the flock when she was named our latest Employee of the Month. The Lower Primates keeper was nominated by Zoo Manager, Matt Lewis, for her help in the recent move of our bachelor gelada group to Riga Zoo in Latvia as part of an international … Continue reading Stacey’s the flower of the flock!