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Standing tall for Marie Curie

DZG’s Rothschild giraffe, Kubwa, stood tall to help raise support for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal. The campaign, which runs throughout March, raises money and awareness for the terminal illness charity through sales of daffodil pins. Fundraisers will be collecting in Stourbridge town centre on Saturday, March 11 and Dudley on Saturday, March 18 and the Continue reading Standing tall for Marie Curie

A birthday trio!

Three of our youngest animals are celebrating birthdays today! Not only is our handsome giraffe, Kito turning three, but our gorgeous African Pygmy goat girls, Daffy and Dilly, are marking their first special day too! Trainee Keeper Amy Paddock, treated the twins to a kid friendly carrot cake, with apple, goat mix, carrot and a Continue reading A birthday trio!

Appeal for anniversary memories

We’re hoping to take a trip down Memory Lane for DZG’s 80th anniversary. Ahead of our May milestone we’re appealing for visitors to send us their favourite zoo memories, photos, film footage or memorabilia which we can feature as part of our anniversary celebrations. Media and Communications Officer, Rachel Hickman, said: “DZG turning 80 is a fantastic Continue reading Appeal for anniversary memories

Stars visit the zoo!

Panto stars Joe McElderry and Lucy Kay enjoyed some free time meeting the animals at DZG. The musical pair who are currently appearing in Aladdin at The Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton had a fun morning touring the zoo site and spotting our animals alongside dancer Katrina Ridley, before they headed back for the matinee performance. Continue reading Stars visit the zoo!

Recycling the decorations!

DZG’s animals are enjoying their own festive fun now it’s time to take down the decorations. Keepers are recycling the Christmas fir trees from Santa’s recent grotto in the 11th century Dudley Castle by adding them into the enclosures of many of the site’s animals. The trees not only provide exciting enrichment opportunities for the Continue reading Recycling the decorations!

Everyone counts!

Dudley Zoological Gardens has begun its annual census by counting every animal living on site. The yearly task is part of the licensing requirements of all UK zoos and wildlife parks and involves keepers having to tot up all mammals, invertebrates, birds, amphibians and reptiles in their care and with more than 1,500 animals on Continue reading Everyone counts!

Eight today!

We’re wishing a very happy eighth birthday to Josie the giraffe. Our long-legged lovely was delivered a delicious bouquet from keeper Holly Clayton-Wright, first thing this morning consisting of her some of her favourite foliage! Staff make sure Josie, Kubwa and Kito are still able to tuck into leafy treats throughout autumn and winter by storing branches Continue reading Eight today!

Giraffes in the spotlight

DZG’s giraffes were thrust into the TV spotlight as news broke that their iconic species is now sadly threatened with extinction. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List has regraded the giraffe as vulnerable following a devastating 40 per cent decline in numbers over the last 30 years, driven by habitat loss, civil Continue reading Giraffes in the spotlight