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!
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
A 50-year-old diary has been unearthed at the zoo – giving keepers an insight into the lives of their predecessors and the animals in their care. The 1969 keepers’ diary, full of beautifully handwritten records about giraffes, gazelles and other animals on the ungulates section, has now been added to the zoo archives. It was … Continue reading Document discovery
As the nation prepares to party, our animals have been making sure keepers get their goods sides on New Year’s Eve celebration snaps. Brazilian tapir mum Meena and male Patagonian sealion Oba are two of the creatures who have been showing off their best angles for photos as we prepare to let in 2019. And … Continue reading Photo-ready!
A reindeer named after self-unemployed Queen of the Black Country, Doreen Tipton, has left DZG to go on new adventures in Chessington. Doreen the reindeer, pictured on grotto duties last year, has left the Black Country behind to join a new herd at Chessington World of Adventures Resort in Surrey. In July, zoo staff surprised the … Continue reading Ta-ra Doreen!
Keepers on Christmas Day duty have stacks of fun with our animals as they deliver piles of festive food parcels around the site. Staff across all sections spent Christmas Eve gift wrapping boxes full of food, ready for the 1,600-strong animal collection to open today. Senior Keepers Sam Grove and Jodie Dryden were two of … Continue reading Delivering Christmas
We’ve discovered our latest twin baby Patagonian maras are a boy and a girl and have named them Maximo and Maisy. The twins, who were born to mum Martha and dad Barry on September 2, have just been sexed and microchipped by Assistant Curator Jay Haywood. And keepers on the ungulates section had the pleasure of … Continue reading Meet Maximo and Maisy
Dudley Zoo’s female giraffe Josie received a special birthday greeting today from a fellow 10-year-old who adopts her. Adopter Hortense from London sent a birthday card for Josie’s 10th birthday which was beautifully illustrated with a sketch of her favourite giraffe. The card wished Josie the best day ever and Hortense also sent her a Christmas … Continue reading Josie hits double digits!
It’s plain to see our mixed exhibit the South American paddock is a harmonious habitat! Our three Brazilian tapirs, capybara and Patagonian mara were caught on camera together snuggling up in the warmth of the indoor den, which made for a great picture. Keeper Cheyenne Darkins said: “It was lovely to see all three South American … Continue reading Harmonious habitat
Today is World Anteater Day and for our two, Romy and Bubbles, that means piles of fun rooting out treats from their termite mound. The giant anteater pair will spend the day exploring the artificial termite mound which keepers built to encourage them to use their 2ft-long tongues to get to the food inside. The … Continue reading All about anteaters!