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Sloth souvenirs

Visitors are eager to take home a souvenir of Reggie, our new two-toed sloth, with merchandise flying off the Safari Shop shelves. Since the arrival of the three-year-old last week, DZG visitors have been bagging themselves sloth souvenirs with cuddly sloth toys and magnets proving the weekend’s top sellers. Retail Manager Isobel Blackwell said: “We Continue reading Sloth souvenirs

First Santa booking of the year!

It may only be July 15th, but we’ve taken our first booking for Santa’s grotto! Our popular Santa’s Winter Wonderland Grotto in the 11th century Dudley Castle opens on November 30 and runs until Christmas Eve and a Birmingham Primary School has already reserved its slot! DZG Marketing Manager, Andrea Hales, said: “We’ve only just started Continue reading First Santa booking of the year!

Sumatran tiger, Joao, had a ball with his new enrichment, which we’ve been able to provide thanks to our generous visitors. The giant purposely-made heavy-duty ball proved an instant hit with our tiger twosome – so a huge THANK YOU to the 22 people who donated to our online crowdfunding appeal. Acting Team Leader Sam Continue reading Having a ball!

Darling Delilah!

Say hello to our baby camel Delilah, who at just over a week-old took her first brief steps into the outside paddock yesterday . Keepers are supplementing her feeding with bottles of replacement calf milk but are delighted with her progress.

Enrichment awareness

Sumatran tigers, Daseep and Joao, enjoyed some special enrichment as they helped mark International PKU Day.   PKU, or Phenylketonuria, is a rare inherited metabolic disorder where people can’t break down protein and is a condition our Senior Keeper Kirsty Thornton was diagnosed with as a baby following the routine heel-prick screening. To help mark Continue reading Enrichment awareness

A diamond celebration!

Two DZG gardeners are celebrating after clocking up 60 years’ service between them. Antony Gwilt has tended the site’s grounds for 35 years, while Paul Durber has reached his 25th continuous year of service today and both said it had “flown by”. The pair were presented with vouchers and thanked for their green-fingered efforts by Zoo Continue reading A diamond celebration!

Summer search for Santa

We’ve launched a summer search for Santa as we begin our Christmas preparations. We’re looking to recruit the star of our Winter Wonderland grotto, which attracts thousands of excited young visitors to the 11th century castle in the heart of the zoological gardens. Marketing Manager, Andrea Hales, said: “We’re already half way through the year Continue reading Summer search for Santa

Exceptional event efforts!

DZG Marketing Assistant Louise Curtis has been named our latest Employee of the Month for her exceptional event efforts! Louise won special praise for her recent involvement in our open-air cinema nights and the Barnardo’s Big Toddle. Marketing Manager Andrea Hales said: “Louise is brilliant at helping co-ordinate and deliver our busy events programme throughout Continue reading Exceptional event efforts!