Ungulates

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!

Our mums are wishing all you marvellous mums a very happy Mothering Sunday! We have furry, feathered and scaly mums of all shapes and sizes across our 40-acre site, but the one thing they all have in common with your magnificent mum is the special bond they form with their offspring. We’re looking forward to Continue reading Celebrating marvellous mothers!

Scent-sational birthday breakfast!

A scent-sational birthday breakfast was served up to our handsome seven year-old Sumatran tiger Joao this morning. To celebrate his big day, keepers used some heart-shaped hose reel enrichment, which they’d left in used giraffe bedding overnight and stuffed it full of his favourite meaty chunks before hanging it from the outdoor climbing frame for Continue reading Scent-sational birthday breakfast!

Crazy for Kubwa

When it comes to people’s favourites at Dudley Zoo, majestic male giraffe Kubwa is right up there! The 18ft-tall creature received the most adoptions last year – with 64 giraffe lovers taking out a year-long adoption pack for the handsome 18-year-old. Popular penguin Dippy was also in demand in 2018, with 49 people picking him Continue reading Crazy for Kubwa

An otter mouthful!

Our male otter Buddy means business when it comes to nest building – getting a mega mouthful of materials. The fabulous snap of Buddy the builder was taken by talented amateur photographer and DZG member Karen Edwards. Senior Keeper Sarah Evans said: “Our otters are constantly gathering materials to build nests, which is a natural Continue reading An otter mouthful!

Josie’s hardworking visitor

Giraffe Josie came face-to-face with a fellow 10-year-old who was able to adopt her after earning money through household chores. Ten-year-old Hortense Harvey used money she received from her parents for doing tasks, such as picking up leaves from the garden, to buy the adoption pack and has just visited Dudley Zoo to see her favourite Continue reading Josie’s hardworking visitor