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The way we did it in 1937

Moving our beautiful tigers into Berthold Lubetkin’s iconic Tecton enclosure took us on a trip down Memory Lane . . . The only time two big cats have been transported together into the Modernist structure was way back in spring 1937 when the zoo opened to the public. And the manoeuvre was almost identical – only Continue reading The way we did it in 1937

Tiger twosome settling in

Keepers are delighted our two new tigers are settling well. Tschuna and Daseep enjoyed a good night’s sleep and will be seeing lots of new faces throughout today as Cats Section keepers call in to say hello to our newest arrivals. Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “Keepers couldn’t believe how calm the girls were after their Continue reading Tiger twosome settling in

Half-term Outreach fun

Members of DZG’s Outreach team are introducing youngsters across the region to the wonderful world of wildlife during half-term. Staff are visiting playgroups, activity clubs and retail parks along with a collection of small tame animals including a bearded dragon, cornsnake and chinchilla. DZG Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “Outreach staff are set for a very busy half-term, with Continue reading Half-term Outreach fun

Happy Valentine's Day!

Love was in the air as five-year old red panda, Yasmin, celebrated St Valentine’s Day with a special delivery. Early shift keepers discovered a parcel addressed to the mini mammal containing two heart-shaped biscuits. Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “We’ve had lots of Valentine’s Day adoptions this year, and Yasmin has certainly been a favourite Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day!

Cacti enhance Reptile Huse

A prickly gift is going down well in our Reptile House. Cacti plants donated by Paul Jones, of Lister Road, Dudley, are being used to enhance habitats for a range of non-venomous snakes, lizards and crocodiles. Paul, aged 58, said:?”A friend’s father left some cacti that were 60 years old when he died, but no-one Continue reading Cacti enhance Reptile Huse

Panda paw jive!

Hey, Amba here again, hope you’re all having a great weekend. Mum and I had nothing to do yesterday afternoon so we decided to practise paw jiving on the enclosure rails. You have to balance carefully and not wave your paws about too much, otherwise you’ll fall off. Silly, but such fun!! See you soon. Continue reading Panda paw jive!

Lovebirds back at DZG

Lovebirds have flown back on show at DZG?- just in time for Valentine’s Day. Their timely arrival is due to the skills of volunteer carpenters, Geoff Benbow and Rob Jurczenko, who have constructed a new home for the colourful birds. Curator, Matt Lewis, said the aviary, which was designed in-house, means the public can see Continue reading Lovebirds back at DZG

Happy Birthday, Boss!

Celebrations are in full swing as DZG CEO Peter Suddock marks his big day in style. And there were surprises aplenty as staff presented him with a special cake and decorated the offices with birthday bunting before joining the fun. Peter said: “I’m having a great day, it’s just fantastic, and I’d like to day Continue reading Happy Birthday, Boss!

Moths in spotlight

A rare native moth was in the spotlight when DZG played host to a meeting of the Barberry Highways Group. Delegates from Chester Zoo, British Waterways, Drayton Manor, West Leeds Country Park and Butterfly Conservation joined DZG’s team to discuss an ongoing programme to protect the barberry carpet moth. Led by DZG’s Native Species Co-ordinator, Ian Hughes, the group Continue reading Moths in spotlight