Queen Mary

Festive food is served!

The Queen Mary Restaurant at DZG has an array of tempting festive fare to warm up our visitors throughout December. For the next few weeks the restaurant is serving a selection of seasonal delights including mulled wine, mulled cider, Baileys hot chocolate and delicious hot turkey baps. Catering Team Leader Becky Mills said: “We’ve got some Continue reading Festive food is served!

Plastics pledge

DZG has vowed to fight plastic waste and back a UK campaign to highlight the damage it wreaks on our oceans and wider environment. We’re supporting efforts from the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) to get its members and their visitors to reduce levels of plastic being used on site. Already our Continue reading Plastics pledge

Macaque matters

Dudley Zoo was delighted to welcome 50 primate keepers from across Europe for the first ever macaque species workshop. The successful BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) Macaque Workshop was led by our Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden with the help of her Lower Primate colleagues. Jodie, also Co-Chair of the BIAZA Continue reading Macaque matters

Attracting new ideas

Marketing staff from various UK attractions congregated at Dudley Zoo for a seminar to share ideas and improve visitor experiences. The British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (BALPPA) meeting was hosted by DZG in the Queen Mary Restaurant earlier this week. Marketing staff from attractions including Paignton Zoo, Colchester Zoo, Dreamland in Margate, Continue reading Attracting new ideas

Freakishly fun posters

Young visitors to the Oak Kitchen are in for some freakish fun as they can design their own pumpkin poster this Halloween. Children using the café at DZG’s Queen Mary Restaurant are invited to colour in their own pumpkin pattern and the most fang-tastic ones will go up on the noticeboard. Catering Manager Lisa Ward Continue reading Freakishly fun posters

Ghoulish goings-on!

Things are set to get spooky at Dudley Zoo as staff prepare for ghoulish goings-on at our Halloween Hocus Pocus events. Customer Services Team Member Holly Kennings is one of the gang gearing up for our three spook-tacular evenings for daring youngsters on Monday 29, Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 October. The after-hours fun kicks Continue reading Ghoulish goings-on!

Talking rubbish!

New colour-coded recycling bins have gone out around the zoo to encourage visitors to help us separate out waste and become even greener. DZG already avoids 86 per cent of waste going to landfill through recycling – even our animal waste is composted down into fertilizer – but we want to do more. So far Continue reading Talking rubbish!

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!

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!