An egg-ceedingly Happy Easter to all our visitors and amazing animals – especially our latest addition, Windsor the Barbary lamb. The baby Barbary sheep – our first of the year – was born exactly a week ago as Senior Keeper Laura Robbins was cleaning out the paddock. Windsor was named by keepers earlier this week … Continue reading Welcome Windsor!
There were big yawns all round this morning after everyone had an hour’s less sleep with the start of British Summer Time. With less time in bed for DZG’s animals and keepers after the clocks went forward an hour at 1am, signs of tiredness were showing first thing. Our Carpathian lynx Daisy was caught on … Continue reading Losing sleep!
A beautiful moment between our mum and daughter Brazilian tapirs has been captured on camera. DZG Assistant Curator Jay Haywood was walking past the South American paddock towards closing time at the end of a busy Mother’s Day when he stopped to watch mum Meena and daughter Luna swimming together. The youngster, now 10 months, … Continue reading Tender tapir moment
Heavy snowfall brought snow much fun for some DZG animals – including our lionesses who demolished a snowman in seconds. Our Asiatic lionesses Kyra and Asha had a ball knocking the head off a snowman which Big Cat Keeper Josh Luxton built to provide some exciting playtime for the pair. Other snow lovers were our … Continue reading Snow much fun!
Birthday boy, Kito, has been having a ball with new enrichment, following a £100 donation from a DZG supporter. Staff used the generous gift to purchase a new Bizzy Bites boredom breaker – an enrichment toy typically used for horses, but which is also perfect for our giraffe trio and Kito, who is four today, soon … Continue reading Birthday boy is kept bizzy!
Steph Meakin had the “best day” of her life when she became a DZG keeper for the day. It was a birthday treat to remember for the 36 year-old from Derby, who took part in the unique experience with husband, Philip. Throughout their experience the couple worked alongside big cat, primate and ungulate keepers and helped … Continue reading Steph’s best day
With our exotic animals producing an average of 29 tonnes of waste every month, two new custom made muck trailers are proving to be very useful for DZG keepers! The large trailers, made locally for us by Kaytow in Brierley Hill, carry a tonne of waste each, which has enabled our staff to speed up … Continue reading No mucking around!
DZG’s three giraffes are keeping their feet neat following a fresh delivery of gravel. Keepers have spread 40 tonnes of gravel across the 40-acre site, adding it into the giraffe and reindeer paddock as well as down on the farm. But the loose chippings have an important use for our long-legged ungulates as it helps … Continue reading Gravel keeps feet neat!
Our littlest Brazilian tapir, Luna, has almost lost all her distinctive baby spots and stripes. The eight-month old now looks a world away from those first few photographs as she scuttled around the South American paddock with mum, Meena. Trainee Keeper, Josh Luxton, said: “Tapirs begin to moult out their stripes and spots by the … Continue reading Luna loses spots and stripes
From Asha the Asiatic lioness to Zeb the black and white ruffed lemur, every animal has to be counted as Dudley Zoological Gardens begins its yearly stocktake. The annual audit forms part of the licensing requirements of all UK zoos and wildlife parks and involves keepers totting up every invertebrate, bird, mammal, reptile and amphibian … Continue reading Stocktake’s underway!