Ungulates

Counting conundrum!

Keepers at Dudley Zoo and Castle are busy counting heads as part of the annual animal stocktake. It’s the time of year when zoos throughout the country are legally required to tot up every invertebrate, bird, mammal, reptile and amphibian, but with more than 200 species at the Midlands-based attraction, it’s easier said than done, Continue reading Counting conundrum!

Reindeer await Santa!

Our Countdown to Christmas has begun and our reindeer are eagerly awaiting Santa’s arrival later this week. Our eight girls have been enjoying trips to the castle with keepers as they familiarise themselves with the route from the reindeer paddock to the cobbled courtyard ahead of their all-important festive duties. Our reindeer are trained to Continue reading Reindeer await Santa!

Kubwa's special birthday gift

It’s Kubwa’s 19th birthday today and he had a special gift a little early…as he met daughter, Kira for the first time!   And the introduction couldn’t have gone better – with keepers capturing the moment on camera!   Assistant Curator Jay Haywood, said: “Since Kira’s birth a month ago, dad has been kept separated Continue reading Kubwa’s special birthday gift

Introducing Kira!

Giraffe keepers have been busy suggesting names for our gorgeous girly and we’re delighted to introduce you to KIRA! A popular girl’s name, Kira (pronounced Kee-ra) is also named after Kira Town, one of Uganda’s largest cities. Since we revealed her birth last month, Kira’s received lots of visitors to the giraffe house eager to Continue reading Introducing Kira!

A special baby...

We’re very excited to announce the birth of a female giraffe. The calf, who stands around 1.8 metres tall, was born on Sunday 22 September to 10 year-old mum, Josie and 18 year-old dad, Kubwa. DZG Assistant Curator Jay Haywood said: “Everyone at DZG is delighted with her arrival. “She’s been snuggled up to mum Continue reading A special baby…

Darling Delilah!

Say hello to our baby camel Delilah, who at just over a week-old took her first brief steps into the outside paddock yesterday . Keepers are supplementing her feeding with bottles of replacement calf milk but are delighted with her progress.

Eileen's VIP visit

We held a special guided tour for former head of section Eileen Skinner after unearthing her old keepers’ diary from 50 years-ago. The diary was discovered when staff began building the binturong enclosure last year and featured Eileen’s handwritten records about the 1969 ungulate section. And current head of ungulates, Assistant Curator Jay Haywood, who Continue reading Eileen’s VIP visit

Best hoof forward for tapirs!

It’s World Tapir Day and our three Brazilian tapirs have put their best foot forward to help us fundraise with their hoof prints being turned into keyrings. Throughout today we’ll be raising awareness about the threats the endangered species face in the wild as well as the vital work of conservation project Lowland Tapir Conservation Continue reading Best hoof forward for tapirs!

Early shed

Our eight reindeer girls are shedding their antlers – but this year it’s happening just a bit earlier than normal. And Assistant Curator Jay Haywood said it’s all because we don’t have any pregnancies in the female-only herd at this time. Jay said: “Males of almost all deer species grow antlers, but only female reindeer Continue reading Early shed

Recycling pays!

Recycling certainly pays at DZG as we’ve been able to purchase tasty enrichment treats for our animals with funds raised from scrap metal. Our Brazilian tapirs, along with the Barbary Sheep, giraffes and reindeer, have been enjoying salt licks after we made £176 from scrapping metal from enclosure projects at Mason Metals in Brierley Hill. Continue reading Recycling pays!