Keepers at Dudley Zoo and Castle are busy counting heads as part of the annual animal stocktake. It’s the time of year when zoos throughout the country are legally required to tot up every invertebrate, bird, mammal, reptile and amphibian, but with more than 200 species at the Midlands-based attraction, it’s easier said than done, … Continue reading Counting conundrum!
Happy New Year from everyone at DUDLEY ZOO AND CASTLE. 2020 heralds a new era for the zoo as we officially rebrand and return to the name we last used almost two decades ago. Zoo Director Derek Grove said: “This year marks the 950th anniversary of the building of a motte and bailey castle in … Continue reading New year, new name
With a new year just hours away, we’ve put together some achievable Dudley Zoo Year Resolutions – so why not pledge to support one or more and do you bit for wildlife and conservation in 2020? We look forward to seeing you next year! Use less plastic Use bags for life, ditch the one-use food … Continue reading Zoo Year Resolutions
Tasmanian devils have come out on top following this year’s voluntary visitor gift aid vote. We pledged to donate £12,000 to three hugely worthwhile projects, featuring some obscure creatures, which people may not have necessarily heard of, with the winning programme receiving £10,000 (made up of £2,000 each year for five years) while the … Continue reading And the winner is…
It’s going to be a first Christmas for many DZG animals this year, as we’ve had a busy 12 months for births! Kicking off 2019 was the arrival of an Egyptian fruit bat in January and in total we’ve had seven born in Castle Creatures. In February there were celebrations in the Small Primate House … Continue reading First Christmas
We’re sending congratulations to Bird Keeper Jess Jones, who’s top of the flock after being named employee of the month. Jess was awarded a certificate and gift vouchers after receiving fantastic feedback from a college group, who purposely phoned the zoo to praise her following their visit. Zoo Manager Matt Lewis said: “We received a … Continue reading Jess is top of the flock!
We’ve got you covered for last minute Christmas gifts – as we’re turning Dudley Castle into an open-air cinema again next spring, as we screen three popular blockbusters. We’ve teamed with QUAD to present The Greatest Showman on Friday 22nd May, Rocketman on Saturday 23rd May and Downton Abbey on Sunday 24th May in the … Continue reading Cinema nights are back!
Ahead of your Christmas food shop, our tapirs are helping us urge shoppers to help conserve wildlife – including their Malayan cousins – by not buying palm oil products. Many festive indulgences, including chocolate, biscuits, Christmas puddings and mince pies contain unsustainable palm oil, which is devastating the habitats of the likes of Sumatran tigers, … Continue reading Responsible Christmas shopping
There’s another new animal to add to Santa’s Christmas list as the first of our beautiful giant flower beetles have emerged from their cocoons. Back in the summer we posted how keepers were caring for a number of larvae, weighing them regularly as they prepared to pupate into pupal cells, formed from the mulch material … Continue reading Giant flower beetles emerge
There were smiles all round from Senior Keeper Jade Reddall who’s our latest fully-qualified recruit! Jade has received her certificate after successfully passing the demanding two-year Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA) course, which is the industry standard for training zoo keepers. Jade, who has worked at DZG since 2013, said: … Continue reading Well done, Jade!