Keeper Cheyenne Darkins is hard at work training our three Carpathian lynx and Dave is proving to be her star pupil. The seven-year-old lynx is excelling at the target training sessions, so much so he’s flying ahead of Daisy and son, Dakota who are still only getting to grips with the basics. Cheyenne said: “I … Continue reading Dave’s a star pupil!
Kyra couldn’t believe her eyes this morning when she discovered the Easter bunny had left her an eggciting 13th birthday gift in her paddock overnight! The birthday girl, alongside sister Asha, couldn’t wait to get stuck into the surprise enrichment Easter delivery of a giant straw nest full of huge papier mâché eggs. And as the … Continue reading Easter surprise!
X-Factor 2016 winner Matt Terry came face-to-face with our colony of Humboldt penguins, but it was his puppet co-stars who caught our birds’ attention! The singer, who was joined by some of his fellow cast members of Madagascar the Musical took time out of their tour to visit DZG ahead of their stop-off at Wolverhampton Grand … Continue reading From Madagascar to DZG!
We’ve got exciting news about our Dudley Zoo badger family – we’ve got babies! After several nights camera trapping in the former wallaby enclosure, DZG’s Conservation Officer Chris Leeson was thrilled to capture on film a mother badger leading three cubs from their underground sett. Chris, pictured below said: “We think this could be one … Continue reading Exciting update from badger watch!
When the spring weather’s chilly there’s nothing like a nice soak in a hot tub to warm the cockles! And Asiatic short-clawed otter female, Keyah, was straight in for a dip when keepers tried out a new enrichment activity with the group by adding a plastic tub full of warm water into the enclosure. Section … Continue reading Soaking away spring chills!
Yum Yum! Watch how our Giant anteater Romy gobbles down her mealworm treats with her 2ft long tongue! This fab video shows the latest enrichment activity keepers set up for the three-year-old female by putting mealworms into a plastic bottle to mimic how they’d eat from a termite mound in the wild. Keeper Josh Luxton … Continue reading Mealworms on the menu!
Night vision camera traps have captured a family of badgers who have made DZG their home. The native black-and-white mammals have moved into an old enclosure on site and trigger motion equipment has filmed a family of six appearing from their underground sett. The footage is great news for our Conservation Officer Chris Leeson, who … Continue reading Night-time native visitors
Zoo Manager Matt Lewis notched up a lengthy list of wild birds visiting a feeder near his office during the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. Matt spent an hour a day last Friday, Saturday and Sunday surveying the bird table in the garden by Harry Hatch’s cottage, where he is based, and recorded 17 species visiting … Continue reading Cracking bird count
Our three Carpathian lynx didn’t waste any time getting stuck into their latest enrichment activity. Keepers put Daisy, Dave and Dakota to the test by tying up meaty bones to the climbing frame of the indoor enclosure for the big cat trio to discover. Senior Keeper Sam Grove, said: “By hanging … Continue reading Bone appetit!
Sumatran tigers, Daseep and Joao, tucked into a delicious turkey tea thanks to a generous adopter. Big cat keepers purchased two extra large fresh turkeys for the big cat duo following a cash donation from zoo member, Christine Clive, who has adopted our eight-year-old feline since her arrival to Dudley from Wuppertal Zoo in 2012 … Continue reading A turkey tea for tigers!