Seasonal worker Evan Rock has returned to university as our Employee of the Month! Evan, who worked as part of our Customer Services team, received the accolade alongside gift vouchers after being nominated for his enthusiasm and helpfulness. Finance Manager Jonathan Ashfield, said: “Evan worked on the car park during the Easter holidays and bank … Continue reading Evan’s our top employee!
We’ve had another baby arrive in the Small Primate House and we’re thrilled it’s our third critically endangered black-and-white ruffed lemur in two months! The youngster is the first offspring of 17 year-old mum, Anna and 15 year-old dad, Earl and was born on April 21 – eight weeks after we welcomed twins to fellow … Continue reading Another birth!
We’ve got some excell-ant news! There’s a new arrival at DZG as we unveil a colony of leaf cutter ants! The new exhibit, which is currently home to 3,000 ants – a Queen and her workers – has been custom-built in the indoor chimp viewing area. Encompassing the two large windows, visitors will soon be … Continue reading An excell-ant new arrival!
We held a special guided tour for former head of section Eileen Skinner after unearthing her old keepers’ diary from 50 years-ago. The diary was discovered when staff began building the binturong enclosure last year and featured Eileen’s handwritten records about the 1969 ungulate section. And current head of ungulates, Assistant Curator Jay Haywood, who … Continue reading Eileen’s VIP visit
It was 1989 and a 16 year-old Matt Lewis thought he was visiting DZG for a day trip with his mum. Unbeknown to him, he was actually coming for an interview for a trainee bird keeper’s position which his mum had applied for on his behalf! Fast forward three decades and the rest they say … Continue reading Matt’s milestone
We’re saying a huge THANK YOU to kindhearted pupils at a Dudley primary school who carried out some scent-sational fundraising for our Orangutan Appeal. The crafty seven and eight year-old children in Owls class at Woodsetton School made lavender scented hearts from recycled materials, which they sold for 50p each, during a recent Recycling Day. … Continue reading Scent-sational fundraising!
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!
It’s National Gardening Week and keepers have started their own veg patch for our primates. The Lower Primate team have transformed an off-show undeveloped area on the lower zoo site and started growing a selection of greens for the likes of our chimpanzees, spider and howler monkeys including runner beans, spinach, beetroot, courgettes, aubergines and … Continue reading Planting for primates
There’s a clear tell-‘tail’ sign our newly arrived female Coppery titi monkey, Tilda, is already making an impression on male, Frank! Tilda, aged four, has recently been paired with ten year-old Frank following her relocation from La Vallée des Singes in France and the couple were spotted tail twining within days! Senior Keeper Sian-Leigh Simner, … Continue reading A tell-tail sign!
Trainee Gardener Jordan Share proved to be a cut above the rest when he was named Employee of the Month. Jordan, who joined the gardening team in 2017 through a horticulture apprenticeship scheme, was chosen for the top title after impressing Zoo Manager Matt Lewis with his diligence and was presented with a certificate and … Continue reading Jordan’s a cut above!