We’re celebrating the best yearly visitor figures for three decades, with 311,303 people flocking through the turnstiles in 2019. Our relaunched walkthrough Lemur Wood, home to 23 free-roaming lemurs, as well as the arrival of new species, including a Linne’s two-toed sloth, Arctic foxes and leaf-cutter ants all helped draw the crowds during the last … Continue reading What a year!
Calling all aspiring artists! We’re hoping your talents can transform some of our vivariums in the Discovery Centre. Education staff have 11 plain wooden vivs, of various sizes, to display the zoo’s many Discovery Time artefacts, which they’d like jazzing up with a colourful backdrop to represent the following different categories: · British Wildlife · … Continue reading Decorate our vivs!
We’ve pledged to give away another £12,000 to three worthwhile in-situ animal conservation projects this year and who gets the most money is down to you! Visitors who add the voluntary 10 per cent Gift Aid donation to their entrance fee throughout 2020 will be given a token to vote between cotton top tamarins, Asian … Continue reading Who wins? You decide!
There was only one way zoo member Rita Nicholls could mark her tenth year adopting Bornean orangutan, Jorong – by arranging a meet and greet with her favourite boy. And Rita always tries to visit our alpha male, who turned 25 last week, around his birthday. Rita, from Willenhall, said: “Jorong is such a character … Continue reading A milestone encounter!
Our female Victoria Crowned pigeon has a very special birthday present, with the arrival of a male suitor! The pigeon, who’s four today, has been joined in Lorikeet Lookout by a five-year-old male from Frankfurt Zoo in Germany – pictured above – and it seems love might already be in the air! Section Leader Nicola … Continue reading Birds pair up!
With the availability of fresh leaves in short supply over the coming months, keepers are having to alter what they’re giving our leaf cutter ants. Keeper Harley Hunt said: “Because the ants’ usual leaves are not available during the winter months and they have difficulty cutting the really thick evergreen leaves, we’ve had to look … Continue reading An ant alteration
Dudley Zoo and Castle is pledging to help the wildlife victims of the Australian bushfires by holding a fundraising event this Australia Day – and we’re inviting you to come and join us. On Sunday 26th January we’ll be raising funds through Australian-themed games and activities in the Discovery Centre and sales of nectar pots … Continue reading Supporting Australia…
Our primate keepers are tickled PINK to discover our newest gelada baby is a GIRL!!! The youngster, who was born on December 19, is only our second female out of eight juveniles and has been named Panya, an African name meaning crowned one. Lower Primates Keeper Jade Reddall, said: “We thought the name Panya was … Continue reading Our baby gelada is…
Reggie, our Linne’s two-toed sloth, has proved to be the most popular animal at DZC of 2019 – overtaking our usual firm favourite! Since arriving last summer, the four year-old has quickly secured lots of fans and was our most adopted animal over the festive period. DZC Marketing Assistant Louise Curtis said: “Reggie has been … Continue reading Reggie’s number one!
We recently welcomed a very familiar face back to DZC as part of a BBC One documentary looking back at his extraordinary life – which changed forever here at the zoo. Sir Lenny Henry, who is also a former zoo employee, showed Presenter Alan Yentob around the 40-acre site, as part of the arts … Continue reading Lenny visits DZC