Two new pancake tortoises are settling into the Reptile House and they’re a brand new species for DZG! So-called because of their unique looking pancake flat shell, the breeding pair, who are native to Tanzania and Kenya have relocated from Bristol Zoo. Curator Richard Brown, said: “Pancake tortoises are classed as a vulnerable species in … Continue reading As flat as a pancake!
Christmas came early for Larry, one of our African spurred tortoises, after keepers served up some festive food for the tortoise group. Senior Keeper Sarah Evans and Keeper Adam Davey (pictured) mixed the tortoises’ regular 450g serving of nutritious pellets with water and shaped it into decorative holly leaves to get into the festive spirit. … Continue reading Merry munching Larry!
Dudley Zoo has welcomed a new Outreach Co-ordinator who will take small creatures on their travels to a variety of events. Madeleine Avila-Thomas, pictured with Drake the Brazilian rainbow snake, will head up the outreach squad which takes along creepy crawlies, reptiles and furry creatures to schools, events and attractions. The 21-year-old animal lover, who … Continue reading Madeleine joins the team
Blackadder, our bearded dragon, took centre stage at the star-studded launch of Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s panto. The limelight-loving reptile got a front row seat at the official cast photo shoot as Dudley Zoo is the local partner of the 2018/19 panto Sleeping Beauty, which opens on December 8. Blackadder and our new Outreach Co-ordinator Madeleine … Continue reading Panto role for Blackadder
We’ve welcomed a chinchilla, two snakes and a bearded dragon to our Discovery Centre. The four new additions – called Blossom, Cortez, Gamble and Blackadder – will be used by Presenters on outreach, school visits, birthday parties and for meet and greets. Pictured with presenters Heather John and Langan Turner, cuddly white chinchilla Blossom was … Continue reading Animal additions
The beloved childhood pet of our Conservation Officer Chris Leeson has joined the zoo and is sss-settling in well to his new abode. Sammy the corn snake was given to Chris as a 13th birthday present by his parents, but 13 years on he can no longer live with his devoted owner. So Chris, who … Continue reading Sammy sss-settles in!
Three gecko hatchlings born in DZG’s Reptile House have taken up residence down on the Farm. Two tiny Standing’s day geckos, born on August 7 and 10, and a tokay gecko which hatched on May 7 have just moved into a special hatchling area in the farm barn. Senior Keeper Kirsty Thornton said: “The geckos … Continue reading A trio of hatchlings
Education staff made a delightful discovery after two ‘male’ dragons donated to the zoo turned out to be a boy and a girl. The pair of Rankin’s dragons – smaller cousins of the bearded dragon – were both thought to be boys when they were handed in to our Education staff for use with visiting … Continue reading Reptile revelation!
Two DZG staff members zoomed in on their camera skills at a photography course in Birmingham. Our in-house graphic designer Rachel Lane and Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden attended the half-day course at Wex Photographic to help them get the most out of DZG’s new camera. And the results were stunning! Rachel and Jodie, who … Continue reading Top of the camera class