Primates

Sunday selfie!

Chimp Malaika was caught checking herself out when she saw her reflection on her keeper’s phone. Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden snapped the smiley shot of the chirpy chimpanzee as she held out her mobile phone on selfie mode. Jodie said: “It was hilarious when Malaika was checking herself out on the phone and smiling Continue reading Sunday selfie!

Highly recommended!

A Telford animal lover who became a DZG Keeper for the Day said the experience was so brilliant she’s recommended it to all her friends. Jodie Mortimer, who shared the experience with her partner Jack Close, said going behind the scenes and getting so close to our animals was magical. She had been given the Continue reading Highly recommended!

What a crate pic!

DZG’s friendliest lemur Yoda was caught monkeying around after keepers finished preparing the day’s food for our primates. The cheeky 16-year-old black and white ruffed lemur hopped into the empty food crate while their backs were turned chopping up fruit and veg in the kitchen. And the colourful character, who loves interacting with our visitors, Continue reading What a crate pic!

Happy International Primate Day!

It’s International Primate Day today and here at Dudley Zoo all 17 of our primate species are extremely special. Sadly, four of them are in the world’s top 25 most endangered primates, which is why being part of breeding and conservation programmes is so close to our hearts. The Bornean orangutan, the Sulawesi crested black Continue reading Happy International Primate Day!

You’ve both bean very kind!

Keen gardener Laura Hamilton and her mum Pat have bean extremely kind by donating piles of homegrown runner beans for DZG’s chimps. The pair produced the bumper crop on their allotment in Northfield, Birmingham, and donated their surplus supplies to our all- female group of primates. Laura said: “When we realised how many beans we Continue reading You’ve both bean very kind!

Thanks for hanging with us!

Thanks to everyone who hung out with us for our International Orangutan Day celebrations – we pulled in more than £400. The £439.14 total, which will be split equally between conservation charity The Orangutan Appeal UK and our own fund to build a new £800,000 exhibit for our four orangs, was raised through games including Continue reading Thanks for hanging with us!

Californian dream

Chimp lover Katie Draper made a mammoth 10,000-mile round trip from her Californian home for a dream close encounter with our chimps. Twenty-three-year-old Katie, from Los Angeles, completed the marathon journey to DZG to meet and feed our seven female chimpanzees and said it was one of the best experiences of her life. Katie, who Continue reading Californian dream

First chimp day funds

Primate paintings produced by DZG chimps to mark the first World Chimpanzee Day have pulled in over £400 to help their wild cousins. Chimp conservation charity The Jane Goodall Institute has just sent us a certificate of achievement to thank our generous visitors for the £430 raised from the sale of canvases and other souvenirs Continue reading First chimp day funds