Primates

A milestone encounter!

There was only one way zoo member Rita Nicholls could mark her tenth year adopting Bornean orangutan, Jorong – by arranging a meet and greet with her favourite boy. And Rita always tries to visit our alpha male, who turned 25 last week, around his birthday. Rita, from Willenhall, said: “Jorong is such a character Continue reading A milestone encounter!

Counting conundrum!

Keepers at Dudley Zoo and Castle are busy counting heads as part of the annual animal stocktake. It’s the time of year when zoos throughout the country are legally required to tot up every invertebrate, bird, mammal, reptile and amphibian, but with more than 200 species at the Midlands-based attraction, it’s easier said than done, Continue reading Counting conundrum!

Sweet Deet!

Keepers have sexed our newest yellow-breasted capuchin and it’s another boy, who they’ve named Deet. The baby was born in September to 16-year-old mum, Dinya and 12-year-old dad, Willow. Upper Primates Section Leader Pat Stevens, said: “Deet’s making fantastic progress and is proving popular with our visitors.” The critically endangered species form part of a Continue reading Sweet Deet!

Hello Shire!

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!

And then there were 11!

Our gelada troop continues to grow with the arrival of another baby! The youngster was born last Thursday, October 17, to 12 year-old mum, Addis and 14 year-old dad, Ebano bringing the troop number to 11! Senior Keeper Jade Reddall, said: “We have fantastic breeding success with our geladas and all three of our adult Continue reading And then there were 11!

Bye boys!

Our troop of gelada boys have left DZG for a new home in Latvia as part of an international conservation programme. The five 11 year-old bachelors, Simiya and brothers Semelo, Sanijo, Jilo and Jima were transported via road and ferry to Riga Zoo earlier this week. Curator Richard Brown said: “The EEP co-ordinator visited DZG Continue reading Bye boys!

Beautiful blooms are tasty treats

DZG’s gardeners are tending special plants which are providing tasty treats for Reggie, our Linne’s two-toed sloth. Our three-year-old sloth can’t get enough of hibiscus flowers and our Head Gardener, Carl Stevens, pictured below, has purchased a variety of the plants for the site’s greenhouses so Reggie can enjoy his fill of freshly picked beautiful Continue reading Beautiful blooms are tasty treats