We’re marking Flashback Friday today, but as it’s also Working Naked Day (yes you read that right!) we’re turning back the clock 10 years to when a group of brave zoo keepers bared all in a saucy charity calendar! The daring team shed their uniforms to feature in the 2009 DZG calendar, which raised hundreds … Continue reading A decade celebrating lemurs
There’s still plenty of time to have twice as much fun at Dudley Zoo – thanks to our free return voucher. All January visitors who purchased full-priced admission have been given a complimentary ticket to come again, and the same offer runs throughout the whole of February too. Marketing Manager Andrea Hales said: “The zoo … Continue reading Come twice for the price!
Dudley Castle expert Amy Hickman uses her smart phone to keep tabs on the state of the 11th century monument at the heart of the zoo. Each Tuesday the knowledgeable education assistant accesses areas of the iconic castle closed off to the public but she also scrutinises the stonework using the camera on her mobile. … Continue reading Mobile monitoring
Zoo Manager Matt Lewis notched up a lengthy list of wild birds visiting a feeder near his office during the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. Matt spent an hour a day last Friday, Saturday and Sunday surveying the bird table in the garden by Harry Hatch’s cottage, where he is based, and recorded 17 species visiting … Continue reading Cracking bird count
Dudley Zoo’s orangs showed some real ape-reciation for art when they came face-to-face with their images on a stunning canvas. Orangutans – one of only a few species able to recognise their own image – gave the artwork a definite thumbs up when their keeper showed them one of the zoo’s limited edition prints. The … Continue reading Art ape-reciation!
Our three Carpathian lynx didn’t waste any time getting stuck into their latest enrichment activity. Keepers put Daisy, Dave and Dakota to the test by tying up meaty bones to the climbing frame of the indoor enclosure for the big cat trio to discover. Senior Keeper Sam Grove, said: “By hanging … Continue reading Bone appetit!
Nothing was getting in the way of giant anteater Bubbles when a sweet treat arrived – not even the bowl of gruel he stepped in! The one-year-old trod right in his dish of gruel mixture – which keepers mix daily from a nutritious powder – as he made a beeline for the blended banana and yogurt. … Continue reading Bubbles puts his foot in it!
It’s a big day for a special little girl today as our first female baby gelada turns one! The birth of Kadida, the youngest of the breeding troop, finally broke our all-boy chain and we were so tickled pink about her arrival we invited our Facebook followers to choose her pretty name. Senior Keeper, Jodie … Continue reading Kadida turns one!
Bird keepers are hoping to play cupid for our great grey owls by encouraging breeding behaviour with some enclosure maintenance. Twelve year-old Granville and 11 year-old Ursula have been temporarily taken off-show while the zoo’s maintenance and keeper teams completely refurbish their enclosure, located opposite the bachelor gelada troop. Birds Section Leader, Nicola Wright, said: … Continue reading A little encouragement!
Native species specialists from animal attractions across the country met at Dudley Zoo to discuss their work with wildlife. A total of 12 delegates, including two officers from The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), attended the meeting of the Native Species Steering Group which was hosted by our very own Conservation … Continue reading Talking native species