Primates

Great ape fundraiser

We’re delighted to reveal our Ape Awareness Day pulled in more than £500 to help great apes in the wild and our own at Dudley Zoo. Half the £529.34 raised came from generous zoo supporters who bought key fobs of ape paintings created by four of our chimps. Visitors also took part in raffles to Continue reading Great ape fundraiser

Ape artists!

We’re going ape for the amazing artwork our chimps have painted to mark DZG’s Ape Awareness Day today. Brushstokes by Banika and Binti and masterpieces by Mali and Mandy have been printed and made into key rings to create unusual souvenirs which are being sold in aid of an ape conservation charity. The key fobs, Continue reading Ape artists!

Sprout’s Good Friday!

It certainly was a Good Friday for DZG’s adorable Bornean orang Sprout who turned seven today. Upper Primates keepers delivered piles of pressies to our excited little one who immediately started unwrapping the paper to get to the goodies inside. Section Leader Pat Stevens said: “We filled boxes with straw and added seeds, apples and Continue reading Sprout’s Good Friday!

Choose eggs-tra carefully!

DZG is urging people to think eggs-tra carefully when buying sweet treats this Easter and say no to palm oil. Concerned keepers at Dudley Zoo say many chocolate eggs contain unsustainable palm oil which devastates the habitats of wild cousins of our two Sumatran tigers and four Bornean orangs. They say we should check the ingredients labels Continue reading Choose eggs-tra carefully!

Bubbles for Barbie!

Keepers broke out the bubbles today to celebrate Barbie’s 40th birthday down in our chimp enclosure. The third oldest of DZG’s seven chimpanzees was treated to some birthday bubbles and banana – and both went down a treat. Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden said: “As it was Barbie’s special birthday we decided to get out Continue reading Bubbles for Barbie!

Happy macaque day!

Today is International Macaque Day – and we’re marking the occasion by pledging to help save macaques in the wild over the next five years. As part of DZG’s ongoing conservation work, we’ve committed to support Selamatkan Yaki, a project working out in Indonesia to protect the critically endangered Sulawesi crested black macaque. We’re backing Continue reading Happy macaque day!

Celebrating Barbara!

We’re wishing mums of all species a Happy Mother’s Day today – especially our first-time mum Barbara, the black lemur. Last May Barbara gave birth to daughter Kimmy – our first baby black lemur in over a decade – and she’s taken to motherhood incredibly well. Trainee Keeper Cara Sheldon said: “Barbara is very caring Continue reading Celebrating Barbara!