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Zoo's name in lights!

We’re set to have our name in lights after receiving £50,000 council funding. A brand new lighting system has been added to our iconic listed Tecton wave entrance thanks to the Towns Fund accelerator grant awarded to Dudley Council to improve the street scene along Castle Hill as part of the town’s major regeneration plans. Continue reading Zoo’s name in lights!

Congrats Kriss!

Well Done to Senior Keeper, Kriss Pearson, who has been awarded the top honour in our reinstated Employee of the Month scheme. The bird keeper has been commended by the zoo’s management team after receiving great feedback from visitors about his knowledge and enthusiasm for our newest arrival, Zeus the Southern Cassowary. Birds Section Leader Continue reading Congrats Kriss!

Tecton work progressing

Twelve months since we were awarded funding to start developing renovation plans for a further four Tectons and work has been progressing well. Last summer we were given a £120,000 grant from the Getty Foundation’s Keeping It Modern initiative for repair proposals to be carried out on the Discovery Centre (the former Moat Café), Queen Continue reading Tecton work progressing

Analysing penguin DNA

Our Humboldt penguins have all been officially sexed by analysing their DNA – and we currently have 29 males and 39 females in our colony. As part of this year’s annual census procedures, which took place back in January, our bird keepers took the opportunity to obtain chest feathers from 21 of our younger penguins Continue reading Analysing penguin DNA

Appealing for plants!

Calling all green-fingered visitors! We’re hoping to spruce up our Discovery Centre and we’re appealing for potted houseplants. Can you help us please?! We’re on the hunt for unwanted indoor plants of all shapes, sizes and varieties to help us decorate our Rainforest Room. DZC Conservation Officer Chris Leeson said: “Whether you’ve got houseplants at Continue reading Appealing for plants!

Sweet donation!

Many of our animals have been enjoying a seasonal summer treat thanks to a generous donation from our local supermarket.  Keepers regularly purchase additional fruit and vegetables from Aldi on Priory Road, Dudley for our animal species and the supermarket frequently donates surplus goods to us, including exotic fruits such as mangos and melons, which Continue reading Sweet donation!

Ellie's sorted her snacks!

Sweetcorn-loving Ellie has her snacks sorted for this week’s open-air cinema events! As a special enrichment treat, keepers popped the binturong’s favourite sweetcorn kernels in the microwave, before serving the unflavoured treat to the four-year-old, who enjoyed a nibble! Senior Keeper Josh Luxton, said: “Sweetcorn is Ellie’s favourite food and we often spot her stealing Continue reading Ellie’s sorted her snacks!

Zoo vet retires

We’ve said a fond farewell to our zoo vet, Peter Stewart, who has retired after a dedicated lifelong career tending to our exotic animals. And there can’t be too many vets who can treat a pet rabbit one minute and get an emergency call out to a lion the next, but Peter, of PA Stewart Continue reading Zoo vet retires