Lulu is the lovely new name for our Patagonian mara after we asked people to send in suggestions for the chance to adopt her. Dozens of people entered the e-mail competition to name the newcomer and Keeper Josh Luxton picked out the winning entry from zoo visitor Rebecca Deeley. Mum-of-three Rebecca, from Brierley Hill, said: “It’s … Continue reading Lovely name Lulu!
A new female Patagonian mara has joined us at DZG – but the gorgeous girl is missing a name. So we’ve launched an e-mail competition to name her, with chance to win an adoption pack for the friendly female (pictured front) who has moved in with Barry, Martha and their twins. The adult female arrived earlier … Continue reading New mara needs naming
Keepers Kriss Pearson and Josh Luxton are knuckling down to some serious study as they begin their diploma in zoo keeping. Kriss, from our birds section, and Josh who works with our ungulates and big cats, are just starting their Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA) – the industry standard for … Continue reading Study time
Our meerkat mob have been entering into the spirit of Halloween today and enjoying a spot of pumpkin playtime. Senior Keeper Sarah Evans added the hollowed-out fruit, carved with a castle design, to the meerkat enclosure and they soon got stuck in. She said: “The meerkats loved exploring the pumpkin and having a nibble on … Continue reading Halloween high jinks
A stunning video of all Dudley Zoo has to offer has been released as part of a series of short films showcasing the borough’s attractions. The 30-second clip zooms in on the glorious 11th century Dudley Castle, our incredible animals and the popular beach, ‘Ow Bin Ya Sands’ we installed for the summer. The footage … Continue reading Stunning zoo video
Kidderminster pre-school youngsters had a hand in wishing our giraffe Kubwa a happy 18th birthday today – 22 hands to be precise! Twenty two little ones from Little Acorns Pre-school in Far Forest added their handprint to a fantastic birthday card for handsome male Kubwa, who the pre-school have adopted. The children, aged two to … Continue reading Handmade card for Kubwa!
Keeper Josh Luxton is itching to try out new techniques with our sea lions after attending a workshop in Wales. The 24-year-old keeper has recently returned from the BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) Seal and Sea Lion Workshop which took place at the end of last month at Welsh Mountain Zoo … Continue reading Studying sea lions
We’ve said so long to one of our reindeer, Basil, who has gone north to join an animal centre in Yorkshire. The 18-month-old male reindeer, pictured in the centre training for his Christmas grotto duties last year, left us to live with a new herd at Kirkleatham Owl Centre in Redcar. DZG Assistant Curator Jay … Continue reading Bye-bye Basil
An Oldbury man is on a high after his girlfriend agreed to marry him during a romantic proposal in front of Dudley Zoo’s giraffes. Our giraffes Kubwa and Josie witnessed the moment Ben Robson got down on one knee and popped the question to 20-year-old Tiff Cox, exactly a year to the day since they … Continue reading On a high after proposal!
Diane and Susan Baker got a taste of the high life when they posed with a cake next to our male giraffe for a national nursing competition. The 46-year-old twins – who act as real-life patients with learning disabilities in a ground-breaking NHS project in Dudley – were tasked with getting a photo holding a … Continue reading Taste of the high life!