With the handshake banned for the foreseeable, why not take some greeting inspiration from some of our animals…. You can chuff like a tiger Lip smack like a Sulawesi crested macaque Wag your tail feather like a Harris hawk Repeatedly bob your head like a rainbow lorikeet Or just wave your … Continue reading Greet like an animal!
It’s Global Recycling Day and here at DZC we take recycling seriously. It’s also Compost Week – did you know we send off on average 29 tonnes of animal waste from our herbivore exotic species every month to Wolverhampton-based Jack Moody Group, who recycle it into fertiliser. DZC staff carry out a muck-run around … Continue reading Mucking in!
This Mother’s Day we’re offering mums a free day out at DZC, so why not bring your troop for some fun and fresh air this Sunday. We’ve had a busy 12 months with births across our 40-acre site and our wonderful mums are doing a tremendous job of raising their offspring, from the tallest giraffe … Continue reading Enjoy a free, fun-filled Mother’s Day!
It’s International Macaque Day when we raise awareness of the critically endangered Sulawesi crested macaque. Their numbers have been slashed by 90 per cent over the last 30 years on their native Indonesian island of Sulawesi, because of extensive habitat loss due to farming and deforestation, as well as the illegal bush meat trade and … Continue reading Marking macaques
This International Women’s Day we’re proud to feature in a brand-new teaching resource of inspirational female apprentices. The limited edition ‘The Apprenticeship A-Z of Women at Work’, includes a pack of 26 flashcards featuring apprentices in a wide range of industries, and stars our very own Zoo Keeper apprentice, Chloe Riley, as the last card … Continue reading Inspirational apprentices!
Downton Abbey + Dudley Castle + a FREE glass of bubbly = The perfect Mother’s Day treat! As part of our forthcoming open-air cinema nights in the 11th century castle courtyard this spring, we’re throwing in a complimentary glass of bubbles for anyone who purchases tickets for Downton Abbey before Mothering Sunday – 22 March. … Continue reading Mother’s Day treat
We’re congratulating Trainee Keeper Claire Williams who’s been awarded our latest Employee of the Month prize. The ungulates keeper was awarded a certificate and gift vouchers after impressing our curators with her animal training skills, which recently aided the temporary move of our two red pandas. Assistant Curator Jay Haywood, said: “Claire’s has been working … Continue reading Congrats Claire!
Our baby Sulawesi crested macaque is coming on leaps and bounds and she’s now got a name! Say hello to Keke – which means girl in Minahasan – the language of people in Northern Sulawesi in Indonesia, the native home of the critically endangered species. Keke was born to mum, Jasmine and dad, Tambo at … Continue reading Say hello to Keke
We’ve got a plea to half term visitors to help us provide scent-sational enrichment for our big cats. We’re running low on stocks of herbs and spices, which we use to encourage natural hunting, tracking and foraging behaviours for the likes of our Asiatic lions, Sumatran tigers and Carpathian lynx. Keeper Josh Luxton … Continue reading Herbs and spices help!
We’re excited to reveal a very special statue to help us highlight the plight of Madagascan lemurs. The gigantic steel artwork featuring a ring-tailed lemur leaping from one pole to another, with a baby gripping its back, provides a focal point in our one-acre walkthrough exhibit and is another way for us to engage with … Continue reading Leap of Faith revealed!