Three DZC keepers took centre stage at the BIAZA Mammal Working Group virtual conference. Lower Primates Section Leader Jodie Dryden, Carnivore Keeper Cheyenne Darkins and Trainee Keeper Chloe Riley all submitted pre-recorded presentations, which were broadcast to zoo professionals at BIAZA collections around Britain and Ireland as part of the online three-day conference. Jodie spoke … Continue reading DZC takes centre stage
Our Bactrian camels may be looking a little straggly at the moment, as they begin moulting their thick coat, but this is providing ideal nest lining for some of the site’s native birds! Keepers have spotted a clever carrion crow, amongst other feathered friends, collecting up the shed hair from the paddock floor. This hair … Continue reading Moulting hair provides cosy lining!
DZC’s Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson, is helping us mark World Tapir Day, with some fun facts about one of our most popular animals on site!
Barney, the hand reared young Bennett’s wallaby, is back living at the zoo and in the last few days even had his first experience of snow! His successful move back on site is testament to the dedication and hard work of Senior Keeper Laura Robbins, who stepped in to provide surrogate care to the joey … Continue reading Barney’s back!
We’re congratulating Trainee Keeper Claire Williams who’s been awarded our latest Employee of the Month prize. The ungulates keeper was awarded a certificate and gift vouchers after impressing our curators with her animal training skills, which recently aided the temporary move of our two red pandas. Assistant Curator Jay Haywood, said: “Claire’s has been working … Continue reading Congrats Claire!
There’s a real chill in the air these days, but we’ve got a variety of species on site who love the cold weather. Many of these animals are specially adapted to cope with the freezing temperatures in their natural habitats around the globe. And winter’s a great time at the zoo to come and see … Continue reading Cold loving animals!
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!
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!
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
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!