Fond farewells

We’re bidding a fond farewell to some of our animals as they leave us to take part in breeding programmes at other zoos.

Our pair of porcupines, two male parma wallabies and 10 Humboldt penguins have made a move to other collections in the UK. And our family of yellow mongoose is leaving us this week to enjoy retirement in Cheshire.

Our breeding pair of porcupines, Edwina and Percy, have gone to Welsh Mountain Zoo near Colwyn Bay to make way for a new exciting exhibit at DZG – a binturong!

A new male binturong – an arboreal species – will be joining us from Olomouc Zoo in the Czech Republic to live in a new enclosure which should be completed by May Day.

Our two male parma wallabies, Drake and Alf, have headed off to Lakeland Wildlife Oasis in Cumbria to form a new breeding group and a group of 10 Humboldt penguins have gone to Chester Zoo as part of a European breeding programme.

And our final goodbye this week will be to our yellow mongoose family, made up of mum, dad and daughter, who will be on their way to Reaseheath College in Cheshire.

Curator Richard Brown said: “These are all species we have done particularly well with so we have sent them to other zoos to boost their breeding programmes.

“These moves prove how successful we have been at Dudley and also give us chance to bring in other new and interesting species in the coming months.”

Bon voyage all – Good luck in your new homes!