Barney, the hand reared young Bennett’s wallaby, is back living at the zoo and in the last few days even had his first experience of snow! His successful move back on site is testament to the dedication and hard work of Senior Keeper Laura Robbins, who stepped in to provide surrogate care to the joey … Continue reading Barney’s back!
Lockdown rocked for DZC Graphic Designer, Rachel Lane, who spent the time hand painting eight rocks with some of our most popular animals. And visitors are being offered the chance to bid on the exclusive indoor ornamental keepsakes in aid of our Covid-19 Animal Care Fund during a week-long online auction on our Facebook page, … Continue reading Lockdown rocked!
We’re offering DZC lovers the chance to own a unique festive decoration – created by some of our very artistic animals during lockdown! Over the past month the likes of our chimpanzees, orangutans, otters and ferrets have used brushes, fingers and paws to decorate ceramic tree decorations with colourful animal-friendly paint, which we’re selling in … Continue reading Festive decorations
We’ve been given the green light to re-open from Wednesday, so come and see us – we’ve got discounted entry throughout December and tickets are now on sale! Throughout the month (from Dec 2) we’re offering 25% off all full-priced adult and child tickets. Visit the animal species who prefer the cold weather, including our … Continue reading December discounts
We’ll be cheering on DZC Trainee Keeper, Chloe Riley, who’s set to pound 13.1 miles of the zoo’s pathways in aid of our Covid-19 animal care fund. The 21-year-old, who is based on the farm section, will be swapping her keeper uniform for a lemur onesie and running shoes as she takes part in a … Continue reading Cheering on Chloe
During lockdown#2 we’re encouraging local residents to help us document nature on our doorstep as part of the Birmingham and Black Country November Nature Challenge. It’s really simple – grab your phone, download the free iNaturalist app and get snapping the wildlife around you – from fungi to foxes! During November there’s also an extra … Continue reading November Nature Challenge
COVID-19 UPDATE: MONDAY 2 NOVEMBER A message from Zoo Director Derek Grove: Following government guidance DZC will sadly close to visitors from Thursday (Nov 5). We understand this lockdown is necessary to protect the community around us, but as per the previous closure, we’ll be receiving no generated income, even though our animal care costs … Continue reading November lockdown closure
We’re saying Thank You to Senior Keeper Laura Robbins, who’s been named our Employee of the Month for providing surrogate care for our baby joey. Mum-of-three Laura stepped in to provide round-the-clock care for young wallaby, Barney, after his mum died while still nursing him in her pouch. Curator Richard Brown, who nominated Laura, said: … Continue reading Mum’s the word!
We’ve got exciting news from our Birds section with the hatching of a rare Victoria crowned pigeon. Just months after the arrival of a male for our resident female, as part of an EAZA managed studbook breeding programme, the pair have had their first successful hatch – and the chick is already starting to have … Continue reading Rare chick hatches
Nina, our two-month-old Colombian black spider monkey is growing up so quickly – just look at her tiny teeth! A critically endangered new world monkey species, spider monkeys have a very similar dental count to humans, but with an extra pre-molar. Senior Keeper Jade Reddall, who captured the footage, said: “We’ve noticed Nina’s teeth appearing … Continue reading Baby steps and baby teeth!