Crazy for Kubwa

When it comes to people’s favourites at Dudley Zoo, majestic male giraffe Kubwa is right up there!

The 18ft-tall creature received the most adoptions last year – with 64 giraffe lovers taking out a year-long adoption pack for the handsome 18-year-old.

Popular penguin Dippy was also in demand in 2018, with 49 people picking him out from our colony of 74 Humbolts. In third spot was loveable Bornean orangutan Benji, one of our most photographed animals, who had 24 adopters.

And always a favoured choice at the Castle Hill attraction is Inca, our amazing Asiatic black bear, who even has corporate sponsorship!

Staff from the Build-a-Bear Workshop at Brierley Hill’s Merry Hill Centre adopt the 38-year-old female – thought to be the oldest bear of her kind in the world – and members of Birmingham-based football club Shire Oak Bears (pictured) have Inca as their mascot.

DZG Marketing Manager Andrea Hales said: “Last year was a fantastic year for adoptions, with many firm favourites being chosen as well as some of our new arrivals.

“While Kubwa, Dippy and his penguin pals were some of the most adopted creatures in the zoo, newcomers binturongs Ellie and Elliot, naked mole rat Fupi and our latest Patagonian mara Lulu were some of the animals getting a share of the attention.

“We’re so grateful to people who help us through taking out adoptions, as purchases actively support our vital conservation programmes and pay for special treats, toys, bedding, health checks, food bills and heating for the animals.”

The farm’s pygmy goats, Daffy and Dilly, have just received support and other adoption options with fun names include Frisky the Barbary sheep, Pinky the flamingo, Waddle the penguin and Bonnie and Clyde the lorikeets.

Adoption packages start from £39.50 and include a free ticket to come and visit the 1,600-strong animal collection at our 40-acre site. Find out more HERE!