Primates

Mandy's big 4-0!

It’s party time in the chimp house today as it’s Mandy’s 40th birthday! And for her big day, primate keepers surprised all seven girls to an enrichment gift inside their indoor den, bursting with delicious tastes, smells and interesting objects, that entertained the group for hours! Made out of papier mâché, cardboard boxes and plastic Continue reading Mandy’s big 4-0!

A smelly stand-off

Primate keepers have captured on camera our ring tailed lemur, Frank, taking part in a stink fight! Lemurs strongly rely on their sense of smell to mark territories and Jade spotted 13 year-old Frank performing the natural scent wafting behaviour towards the black and white ruffed boys in the one-acre walkthrough wood! Keeper Jade Reddall, Continue reading A smelly stand-off

Hola! Barbara

We’ve welcomed a new female black lemur to DZG as part of a European breeding programme. Five year-old Barbara has joined us from Bioparc Fuengirola in Spain and has moved into the Small Primate House with our resident 10 year-old male, Bryan, from Lemur Wood, where keepers are hoping the pair will soon breed. Black Continue reading Hola! Barbara

Stars visit the zoo!

Panto stars Joe McElderry and Lucy Kay enjoyed some free time meeting the animals at DZG. The musical pair who are currently appearing in Aladdin at The Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton had a fun morning touring the zoo site and spotting our animals alongside dancer Katrina Ridley, before they headed back for the matinee performance. Continue reading Stars visit the zoo!

Recycling the decorations!

DZG’s animals are enjoying their own festive fun now it’s time to take down the decorations. Keepers are recycling the Christmas fir trees from Santa’s recent grotto in the 11th century Dudley Castle by adding them into the enclosures of many of the site’s animals. The trees not only provide exciting enrichment opportunities for the Continue reading Recycling the decorations!

Everyone counts!

Dudley Zoological Gardens has begun its annual census by counting every animal living on site. The yearly task is part of the licensing requirements of all UK zoos and wildlife parks and involves keepers having to tot up all mammals, invertebrates, birds, amphibians and reptiles in their care and with more than 1,500 animals on Continue reading Everyone counts!

Anniversary plans...

We’re gearing up for our  80th anniversary by revealing exciting plans for next year… Over the coming months a £295,000 revamp will begin on SIX projects on site including new extended homes for our critically endangered yellow-breasted capuchins, snow leopards, parrots, military macaws and cockatoos, as well as a larger farm barn and extended farmyard and Continue reading Anniversary plans…

Chimps' autumnal enrichment

DZG’s chimpanzees enjoyed some seasonal enrichment with autumnal fallen leaves. As staff continue the task of clearing the 40-acre site’s pathways and enclosures of leaves, keepers decided to treat our seven chimps to some fun and games. Section Leader, Nicola Wright, said: “We filled a large heavy duty sack with crisp, dry leaves which I mixed Continue reading Chimps’ autumnal enrichment