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Panda proceeds

DZG’s generous visitors helped us pull in almost £500 for red panda conservation during celebrations with our popular panda pair. To mark International Red Panda Day (the official day was yesterday) we held some red panda themed games at the start of the month with chance to win a red panda adoption, a cuddly red Continue reading Panda proceeds

Emergency rations

Male sealion Oba enjoyed some emergency rations when keepers tucked treats into old fire hose donated by West Midlands Fire Service. The 18-year-old Patagonian sealion, who weighs in at more than 37 stone, loved freeing sprats from the plaited hose feeding device, which was made by Keepers Cheyenne Darkins and Josh Luxton to make his snack Continue reading Emergency rations

Otter joy!

We’re otterly thrilled to announce the arrival of four young otter pups at Dudley Zoo. The adorable youngsters were born sometime at the end of June but have only just emerged from their underground den. Keeper Cheyenne Darkins managed to get this wonderful family photo of the whole Asiatic short-clawed clan, including eight-year-old mum Keyah, Continue reading Otter joy!

Ready for our close-ups!

When Keeper Josh Luxton attached a camera to a target training stick he didn’t expect our giraffes to come right in for a close up. Inquisitive duo Kubwa and Josie kept reaching for the mini camera with their tongues – which gave Josh chance to make a quick health check and a great video too! Continue reading Ready for our close-ups!

Highly recommended!

A Telford animal lover who became a DZG Keeper for the Day said the experience was so brilliant she’s recommended it to all her friends. Jodie Mortimer, who shared the experience with her partner Jack Close, said going behind the scenes and getting so close to our animals was magical. She had been given the Continue reading Highly recommended!

Bubbles nose what he likes!

When our male giant anteater Bubbles uses his 2ft-long tongue to lap up his favourite natural yogurt, everyone nose what he’s been eating! That’s because the adorable one-year-old leaves much of his regular treat around his nose. Keeper Josh Luxton said: “Giant anteaters certainly are messy eaters and they often have food left around their Continue reading Bubbles nose what he likes!

Red panda party!

We’re getting ready for a red panda party this weekend as we prepare to celebrate our magnificent pair, Yasmin and Gawa. DZG’s International Red Panda Day festivities will run throughout this weekend when there will be chance to win a red panda adoption, a cuddly red panda and a red panda cushion. Throughout Saturday and Continue reading Red panda party!

Great work Josh!

Keeper Josh Luxton was a popular choice for this month’s Employee of the Month award after receiving multiple nominations. The 24-year-old got great feedback from visitors participating in meet and greet experiences and won praise for helping the media and marketing team promote the zoo. In May, his Facebook Live broadcast to celebrate our young Continue reading Great work Josh!

Exhilarating experience

When we say our Zoo Keeper for the Day experience gets you close to some of the world’s rarest animals, we mean it – and animal-lover Mark Dunckley can certainly vouch for that! The 46-year-old dad-of-one from Stourbridge has just spent an exhilarating day with our knowledgeable keeping team which saw him come face-to-face with Continue reading Exhilarating experience