APRIL 13 – 25, 2011: More than 40,000 visitors flocked to DZG throughout the holiday period, where a handful of new animal arrivals proved firm favourites with the crowds. DZG Chief Executive Peter Suddock said: “We’ve had a fantastic Easter and Bank Holiday period with visitor figures topping 40,000. “There’s been lots going on across … Continue reading Easter eggs-travaganza!
A double delivery proved a tall order for keepers when two females joined lone male Kubwa in the giraffe paddock. First to arrive was two-year-old Josie, followed by seven-year-old Mia, both from Norfolk collections. The girls have joined 10-year-old Rothschild Kubwa as part of an international breeding programme. DZG?Chief Executive Peter Suddock said:?”We … Continue reading Tall order for keepers
Families from across the country have been learning about some of the world’s rarest species at DZG and meeting springtime newcomers including . . . Female giraffes Josie and Mia Five-week-old Brazilian tapir Tallulah Amur tiger Makari Twelve-month-old Bactrian camels Charles and Jamindi Six-month-old micro-pig Harley Four-month-old Lar gibbon Luna … Continue reading Springtime arrivals
Loved-up meerkats have doubled the size of their colony at DZG in just five months. Proud parents Martin, aged seven, and ten-year-old Mabel produced two litters of triplets bringing the meerkat population to 13 our largest ever. Deputy Curator Richard Brown said: “It’s been a great time for meerkats, they are among our … Continue reading Compare our meerkats
A cake a day keeps the doc away for one of DZG’s most popular animals. Twelve-year-old Bornean orang utan, Jorong, stubbornly refused to take medicine prescribed to treat a chest infection until a concerned keeper had the brainwave of hiding it in a doughnut. DZG Senior Curator Derek Grove said: “Jorong didn’t like the … Continue reading Orang aid for Jorong!
Bird keepers at DZG have named two rare baby penguins after William and Kate. The Humboldt penguin chicks were born late November. DZG Chief Executive, Peter Suuddock, said: “We were thinking of names for the youngsters when the royal announcement was made so we called them William and Kate to mark the occasion. “Dudley Zoo … Continue reading Meet Will and Kate
RSA students have been helping to enrich the lives of animals at DZG and boosting their own education in the process. As a result of a unique ongoing partnership between the zoo and nearby independent school, RSA Academy in Tipton, teenagers are learning about animal welfare and husbandry through a project organised by DZG’s Education … Continue reading Innovative programme boosts enrichment
Staff at DZG are assisting with a scientific study into the behaviour of a vulnerable species of primate. DZG has established a bachelor group of white-faced saki monkeys (Pithecia pithecia) and invited Plymouth University researcher Sarah Bonsall to compare the social behaviour of the all-males with breeding groups of monogamous pairs and families. Registrar and … Continue reading Vulnerable species studies
DZG’s late Asiatic lion, Max, was featured on Channel 4’s Inside Nature’s Giants. The four-part science documentary, which offered a fascinating insight into some of the world’s rarest species, saw a double big cat post mortem carried out on Max, alongside a tiger, at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), University of London. DZG CEO Peter … Continue reading DZG lion featured on Inside Nature’s Giants
An octogenarian who visited DZG on its opening day in 1937 has achieved another first’ by adopting a newly-arrived bearded dragon. Animal crazy Muriel Thatcher, aged 84, from Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, has adopted many of the site’s collection during the last 74 years but is the first adopter to take on Edmund, the colourful lizard. CAPTION: … Continue reading Muriel adopts lizard – seven decades after first visit