Our Countdown to Christmas has begun and our reindeer are eagerly awaiting Santa’s arrival later this week. Our eight girls have been enjoying trips to the castle with keepers as they familiarise themselves with the route from the reindeer paddock to the cobbled courtyard ahead of their all-important festive duties. Our reindeer are trained to … Continue reading Reindeer await Santa!
Training DZG’s three Asiatic short-clawed otters, Buddy, Kia and Minnie, is right on target thanks to the efforts of Senior Keeper Laura Robbins. Laura began target training our three otters just a few weeks ago, but the trio are proving to be very fast learners as she’s already managed to get them to stand … Continue reading Otter training on target
We’re extending our gratitude to our most loyal supporter who has been the only adopter of our guanacos for 30 years! Irene Lawson first started adopting our guanacos in 1989, when we had a herd of three, and has generously donated towards DZG’s ongoing conservation work every year since – and has recently renewed her … Continue reading Grateful to guanaco adopter
Keepers have discovered our gelada baby is another boy and they’ve named him Shire. The youngster was born on October 17 to 12 year-old mum, Addis and 14 year-old dad, Ebano and has been named after a town in Northern Ethiopia – the native homeland of the species – and he’s doing really well. … Continue reading Hello Shire!
When big cat keepers needed to distinguish the faeces of our Sumatran tigers, Daseep and Joao, they turned to edible glitter to help! Staff are feeding nine year-old Daseep chunks of meat sprinkled with the colourful cake decoration so they can spot sparkles in her samples. Acting Team Leader, Sam Grove, said: “We’re feeding Daseep … Continue reading Sparkling samples
Two silver-plated entrée dishes discovered in the back of a cupboard led to a trip down DZG memory lane for one family. Janet Warner from Derby contacted us after finding the dishes stamped ‘Dudley Zoo 1937’, which following a visit to DZG after almost 60 years, she’s kindly donated to our archive, alongside a copy … Continue reading Silver dishes serve up the past
We’ve sad news about Romy, our female giant anteater. The four year-old died on Friday following a short illness in the presence of keepers and the zoo’s veterinary team. Zoo Manager Matt Lewis said: “Staff are extremely saddened by Romy’s sudden death. “Romy arrived at DZG three years-ago from Olomouc Zoo in the Czech Republic … Continue reading Sad news about Romy
Our gardening team proved to be a cut above the rest when they were praised for their work in helping prepare the enclosure for our new Arctic foxes. And one of our newest employees, Gardener Steven Needham, who has worked at DZG for six months, was even handed Employee of the Month, alongside a certificate … Continue reading Superb work Steven!
Keep your eyes peeled as DZG is hitting the road in style…on a really wild 12-metre-long trailer! We’ve joined forces with Kingswinford-based JJX Logistics UK who will be trucking around the UK and Europe while displaying colourful artwork featuring some of DZG’s animals. DZG Marketing Manager Andrea Hales, said: “The freight trailer looks superb and … Continue reading Hitting the road in style!
We’ve got a special treat for you this Halloween – meet Maximus, our really scary six week-old Burrowing Owl! Bird Keepers stepped in to rescue the chick at two weeks-old after finding him in a flooded burrow following recent heavy rainfall. Birds Section Leader Nicola Wright, said: “The chick was being parent reared, but they’d … Continue reading Trick or treat…