Dudley Zoo’s very own Spider-Girl rode her motorbike to work with a pile of passengers on board – around 100 baby spiders to be precise. Trainee Keeper Sarah Redding, who is nicknamed ‘Spider’ by her friends and lives with 26 arachnids in the bedroom of her Sutton Coldfield home, donated the egg sac from her … Continue reading A hundred babies on board!
Our two Sumatran tigers had a rip-roaring time when they tore apart an enrichment device made by their keeper. Big Cat Keeper Cheyenne Darkins put smelly giraffe bedding around a block of wood and wrapped it in a woven enrichment toy she made from old fire hose. And we caught the big cat couple on … Continue reading A rip-roaring hour
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!
It’s International Primate Day today and here at Dudley Zoo all 17 of our primate species are extremely special. Sadly, four of them are in the world’s top 25 most endangered primates, which is why being part of breeding and conservation programmes is so close to our hearts. The Bornean orangutan, the Sulawesi crested black … Continue reading Happy International Primate Day!
It’s Cotton Top Tamarin Day and our cotton tops Katy and Rufus had a ball as we celebrate the critically endangered species. To mark the occasion, keepers filled small hanging baskets with mealworms and hay to encourage the pair to forage for their treats. And the duo, who joined us in May 2017, had a swinging … Continue reading Celebrating cotton tops!
Our black lemur family is settling into a newly-built home offering visitors a superb view of the critically endangered creatures. Mum Barbara, Dad Bryan, one-year-old Kim and baby Jim, who was born in April, have been moved from Lemur Wood walkthrough to their new £25,000 enclosure opposite our chimps. It comes complete with hammocks made … Continue reading Luxury lemur lodgings
DZG is proud to be part of a stunning new video showcasing Dudley borough’s top tourist attractions and heritage sites. Filmed through the eyes of a curious 10-year-old girl, the two-and-a-half-minute Discover Dudley video takes viewers on a captivating tour to uncover the region’s industrial past, its natural beauty, its skills and innovation and its wealth of … Continue reading Discover Dudley
There’ll be plenty of celebrating today as one of our heaviest animals, our youngest macaque and our newest arrival all share their birthdays. Our huge male Patagonian sealion Oba turns 18, our littlest Sulawesi crested black macaque Summer is three and our most recent resident Ellie the binturong has her first birthday. DZG Keepers will … Continue reading Three reasons to be cheerful!
One of our primate keepers caught our baby lar gibbon Gary having a swinging time during some family fun at DZG. Keeper Debbie Pittaway managed to film mum Meo swinging Gary to and fro as dad Huggy came down to ground level to join in the primate playtime. The delightful clip shows how well the … Continue reading Gary has a swinging time
As well as looking after our endangered species, eagle-eyed keepers have been keeping watch on wild birds born at the zoo. Staff have seen robins, blue tits and a greater spotted woodpecker nesting on site and observed that young chicks have recently fledged their nests. Senior Keeper Jodie Dryden filmed a greater spotted woodpecker (like … Continue reading Wild birds take flight