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Leeches move in

Eight medicinal leeches have moved into a new home at DZG. Presenter Langan Turner said: “The leeches are fascinating, but many people also find them repulsive. “They’re approximately 20cms long and have a sucker at each end – one with sharp teeth attached! The other sucker is used as an anchor to stop the leech Continue reading Leeches move in

Introducing baby Martha

A bouncing baby mara born in November has been identified as a female and named Martha. The offspring of Olivia and Martin, she is the first Patagonian mara to be born at the zoo in seven years. Assistant Curator, Richard Brown, said: “Martha was microchipped during the sexing procedure and is now back in the enclosure with her Continue reading Introducing baby Martha

Nick says hello

TV presenter, Nick Knowles, took time out from a hectic BBC DIY SOS schedule to say hello to staff at DZG. Nick, who is currently involved in a revamp project at Gornal, spent an afternoon on site chatting to keepers and meeting his favourite animals. He also picked up an adoption pack for our nine-strong Continue reading Nick says hello

Counting heads at DZG

Keepers have had a busy week counting more than 1,500 animals from 177 species for the site’s annual census. The yearly headcount includes creatures from the tiniest stick insects to an alpha male giraffe – and all sorts in between. CEO, Peter Suddock, said: “The census verifies our computer records and it is a requirement Continue reading Counting heads at DZG

DZG backs city status bid!

DZG?CEO?Peter Suddock put his weight behind Dudley’s bid for City Status today in a Central News TV interview. Speaking to camera he said the City campaign was highlighting a unique area of the UK with a rich and diverse heritage that was very deserving of such status. He said: “It will put the borough firmly on the worldwide map.”  Continue reading DZG backs city status bid!

Festive firs for squirrels

Christmas trees from Santa’s Grotto have been given a new lease of life in the red squirrel enclosure. The festive firs are providing enrichment for the endangered native species, as keepers hide snacks in the branches. Curator, Matt Lewis, said: “We have hidden apples, pine nuts and sunflower seeds for our eight squirrels who also Continue reading Festive firs for squirrels

Such a pane!

Muddy pawed otters are keeping their keepers busy. Every day staff spend hours cleaning the dozen or so windows at their enclosure –?only for ten Asiatic short-clawed otters to put their mucky little paws all over the panes. Keeper Jay Hawood said:?”The otters are very mischievous and make so much mess of the windows that Continue reading Such a pane!

Flamingos grounded in high winds

Seven flamingos were grounded today after high winds threatened to carry them away! Keepers were concerned that the birds would be swept off as stormy winds picked up speed across the zoo’s 40-acre site.   DZG CEO, Peter Suddock, said: “At one point the winds got up to about 30mph and although the flamingos’ wings Continue reading Flamingos grounded in high winds

Chairlift's anniversary refurb

Plans to refurbish one of the Black Country’s best-loved attractions are underway as part of DZG’s 75th anniversary celebrations. Work is scheduled to start on the site’s 1958 chairlift in spring with completion set for mid-July. The £117,000 project will take 12 weeks to complete and work will include a full refurb of the 42 Continue reading Chairlift’s anniversary refurb