Christmas Day means business as usual for keepers at DZG. Keeping staff will be busy throughout the morning feeding and caring for the hundreds of rare and exotic species in our 1,400-strong collection. Chief Executive, Peter Suddock, said: “Regardless of any rotas the staff always come in on Christmas Day and bring treats. For them it’s a special, quiet … Continue reading Christmas Day work as usual
Santa’s shutting the doors on his Dudley Castle grotto this afternoon – then he’s packing his sacks, harnessing the reindeer and setting off on a magical mystery tour to deliver gifts and goodies to lucky girls and boys! Let’s hope he visits YOUR house tonight!! Merry Christmas, everyone, from all at DZG!!!
Eleven-month-old Archie Brown could well be treading in his fathers footsteps after meeting DZG’s reindeer this week. Dad is Assistant Curator, Richard Brown, and he made sure his firstborn met animals on his section during a visit to Santas grotto in the castle. Richard said:?It was Archies first visit to see Santa, but I couldnt … Continue reading Archie following in dads footsteps!
Six-month-old capybara, Pecan, is looking forward to his first Christmas with dad, Pumpkin, and mum Peanut. The baby has proved a favourite with young visistors and staff wil be making sure Pecan celebrates his first festive season with a few treats. Capybaras are the largest of the rodent species and are highly adapted to an … Continue reading Baby capybaras first Xmas
Our Brazilian tapirs are set for a few tasty treats today thanks to the generosity of keeper, Laura Robbins. Laura is bringing in special fruits and veg for the four-strong family group – dad Chico, mum Meena, adolescent male, Ronnie and his nine-month old sister, Tallulah. She said: “Tapirs are my absolute favourite animals and … Continue reading Tapir treats on Xmas menu
DZG gave away more than one thousand free tickets to local clubs and organisations to join us at The Grand Theatre, in Wolverhampton for this year’s panto, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. We sponsored the dress rehearsal of this family favourite, starring Linda Lusardi and Sam Kane, and we invited folk from across the … Continue reading See yourself at the panto!
Staff in the Queen Mary cafe always make sure they keep a stock of Santa’s favourite snacks just in case he pops in for a mince pie. It’s been a very busy time for Santa in the Castle Grotto over the last few weeks with hundreds of youngsters calling in to tell him what’s on … Continue reading Santa samples QM fare
Sprouts are an acquired taste; a scrumptious festive green delight, or a red-alert addition to the Christmas dinner plate, strictly for decoration. But EVERYONE loves DZG’s Sprout our gorgeous nine-month-old Bornean orang utan, the first of this highly endangered species to be born at Dudley Zoo in 19 years. In less then a year … Continue reading Fancy a Sprout for Xmas?
We’ve received a fantastic Christmas present from students at a Sandwell school! Pupils from Ocker Hill Junior School, in Tipton, raised £1,479.60 to boost our Madagascan Campaign supporting lemurs in the wild. The funds were raised through sponsorship by 234 students who took part in Zoolympics organised by DZG outreach staff at Tipton Sports Academy … Continue reading Festive surprise from pupils
Staff are working hard to cope with Christmas requests from animal-mad adopters across the country. Marketing Manager, Julia Lockett, said dozens of daily inquiries about sponsor / adopter packages were coming in with penguins and meerkats top of the festive adoption list. Julia said: “We have had all sorts of requests to adopt … Continue reading Adopters opt for Neville!