Primates

Marking macaques

It’s International Macaque Day when we raise awareness of the critically endangered Sulawesi crested macaque. Their numbers have been slashed by 90 per cent over the last 30 years on their native Indonesian island of Sulawesi, because of extensive habitat loss due to farming and deforestation, as well as the illegal bush meat trade and Continue reading Marking macaques

Our baby Sulawesi crested macaque is coming on leaps and bounds and she’s now got a name! Say hello to Keke – which means girl in Minahasan – the language of people in Northern Sulawesi in Indonesia, the native home of the critically endangered species. Keke was born to mum, Jasmine and dad, Tambo at Continue reading Say hello to Keke

Leap of Faith revealed!

We’re excited to reveal a very special statue to help us highlight the plight of Madagascan lemurs. The gigantic steel artwork featuring a ring-tailed lemur leaping from one pole to another, with a baby gripping its back, provides a focal point in our one-acre walkthrough exhibit and is another way for us to engage with Continue reading Leap of Faith revealed!

Showing the love for lemurs!

It’s Valentine’s Day and we’re showing the love for Madagascan lemurs today as we unveil a 30ft metal statue in their honour! We’re passionate about helping create a better future for these enigmatic creatures and our five species of lemur – ring-tailed, black-and-white ruffed, red ruffed, collared and black – are all amazing ambassadors for Continue reading Showing the love for lemurs!

Baby macaque birth

We’re very excited to announce the birth of a female Sulawesi crested macaque – a critically endangered species. Fourteen-year-old Jasmine gave birth to the little girl a week ago and both mum and baby are doing well, with keepers now thinking of a name for the zoo’s newest resident. Dad is eight-year-old, Tambo – a Continue reading Baby macaque birth

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!