Reptiles

Merry munching Larry!

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!

Madeleine joins the team

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

Panto role for Blackadder

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

Animal additions

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

A trio of hatchlings

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

Reptile revelation!

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!