It’s 2018! We’re looking forward to another busy year ahead at Dudley Zoological Gardens with lots of exciting projects and species planned, including new binturong, naked mole rats and Prevost’s squirrel exhibits and a beach area for our young visitors. We hope you’ll join us in 2018 – there’ll be plenty to see!
It’s Christmas Eve and many of our exotic species have their stockings hanging ready for tonight’s VIP visit from the man in red. Santa will be leaving his Winter Wonderland grotto in our 11th century castle this afternoon, so he has time to harness our reindeer and fill his sleigh with gifts, before setting off … Continue reading All ready for tomorrow!
We’re wishing our giraffe, Josie, a very happy ninth birthday today! Our three giraffes have been kept snug and warm indoors during the recent cold snap, where temperatures are kept at a constant 22 degrees. But staff have been keeping the trio entertained with salt licks and enrichment feeders. Discover more about the vulnerable species … Continue reading Josie’s nine today!
The reindeer herd are enjoying their daily visits to the 11th century castle courtyard as part of our Winter Wonderland grotto. And for the first time, our 2017 youngsters, Ivy, Doreen and Basil have been learning the ropes so they too can join Santa. Trainee Keeper, Ellis Robinson, has been working with the herd over … Continue reading Reindeer learn the ropes!
Congratulations to apprentices, Harry Upton and Mary Taylor, who have landed full-time positions here at DZG. The pair have secured their dream jobs as trainee keepers after impressing zoo bosses with their hardworking attitude since joining us as apprentices at the start of the year. Harry, from Halesowen, said: “I’m immensely happy. “When I was … Continue reading Congratulations to our newest keepers!
Trainee Keeper Ellis Robinson is putting our three giraffes through their paces during target training. Working with Kubwa, Josie and Kito, Ellis, alongside Trainee Keeper, Josh Luxton, are getting the giraffes to touch a wooden target stick with their nose and hold for at least five seconds. And each giraffe has a different coloured target … Continue reading Giraffes put through paces
Autumn brings about one of our zoo keepers’ least loved tasks – collecting up fallen leaves! Although it may seem an endless job, our forward-thinking ungulate staff are busy making sure our leaf-eating mammals will be set for winter by stockpiling the driest fallen foliage. Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “Being situated on a 40-acre … Continue reading Preparing for winter
Standing tall at 18 feet, you’d think it would be an effort for our birthday boy giraffe to get up from the floor. But watch how 17 year-old Kubwa pops up in seconds after spying keeper Josh arrive with his birthday breakfast! Trainee Keeper, Josh Luxton, said: “We know by looking at CCTV footage that … Continue reading Kubwa’s up for birthday breakfast!
There are birthday celebrations down on the farm as our Bactrian camel, Fergie, turns two today! And Trainee Keeper, Amy Paddock, was on hand to dish out some special breakfast treats for her favourite birthday girl this morning, including carrots and dates, plus her daily camel feed mix in the shape of a number two! … Continue reading Fergie’s birthday breakfast treats!
When Stoke’s Signal1 Breakfast Presenter, Jennie Longdon, launched a summer campaign to complete a recently discovered childhood bucket list, we stuck out our necks to help! As on her list, written when she was 15 to complete during the school holiday of 2004, was to feed a giraffe. Thirteen years later her dream came true … Continue reading Bucket list ticked!