Now you see me . . .

What can you do with an old brown paper sack, cardboard boxes and a couple of plastic containers? Well, plenty if you’re DZG’s male orang utan, Jorong! One of his favourite games is hide and seek – where he hides himself under all the paper and boxes and then quickly peeks out to see if he Continue reading Now you see me . . .

Colour coded tortoises

Seven tortoises have been colour coded in a bid to help keepers identify them. The six and seven-year-old African spurred tortoises are so similar in appearance staff struggled to tell them apart so marked them with a variety of colours which has made it easier to identify the animals for weighing. Keeper Jay Haywood said: Continue reading Colour coded tortoises

Jubilee beacon aflame

History was made once more at Dudley Castle last night with the lighting of a Diamond Jubilee beacon atop the 11th century crenellations. The beacon was one of 4,000 across the Commonwealth to honour HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s 60-year reign. The flame was lit at 10.15pm by Mayor of Dudley Cllr Melvyn Mottram and the country’s youngest Olympic Continue reading Jubilee beacon aflame

Patriotic Peter!

DZG CEO Peter Suddock couldn’t escape our team of enthusiastic face painters this morning when he bared the other cheek – and ended up with a patriotic tattoo! The team have worked their way through hundreds of tubs of red, white and blue paint throughout the holiday period and look set for a busy half Continue reading Patriotic Peter!

Jubilee in full swing

Diamond Jubilee celebrations went down well with staff when CEO?Peter Suddock played host in the Queen Mary Suite. Jubilee fare included patriotic cupcakes served on a silver plated cakestand with matching teapot dating back to the zoo’s opening in 1937.   Mr Suddock said:?”The tea service is one of dozens that were in use in the restaurants across the site during Continue reading Jubilee in full swing

Fishy Jubilee treats

Staff are gearing up for Diamond Jubilee celebrations across the site, and there’s a special treat in store for our three Patagonian sealions. They’ve taken delivery of a large order of sprats and will be sampling their fishy snacks throughout the holiday weekend. CAPTION: Assistant Curator Richard Brown throws sprats to Patagonian sealions Orry, Clio and Shirley. Continue reading Fishy Jubilee treats

Lemur's Jubilee bling

Cheeky monkeys are wearing colour-coded jubilee bling as part of a study into social behaviour. Ring-tailed lemurs, squirrel monkeys and black-and-white-ruffed lemurs have been given brightly coloured collars so that they can be easily identified and their behaviour observed.  The colour-coding scheme allows keepers to watch the primates’ interacting skills at long distance and to Continue reading Lemur’s Jubilee bling

Spot the joey

Keepers have spotted the first signs of new babies in the Parma wallaby enclosure. One joey has been seen peering out of mum’s pouch in the main wallaby enclosure, while the other has been spotted in Wallaby Walkthrough. However keeper Jay Haywood said it could be another month until both babies fully emerge. He said: Continue reading Spot the joey

DC newcomers

Recent additions to the Discovery Centre are settling in well. Among the newcomers are: Western clawed frog Juvenile fire salamanders Southern crested newt European yellow-bellied toad Seychelles millipedes Newt watch Presenters Caroline Howard and Langan Turner joined members of Black Country Living Landscape in a newts by torchlight project at Barrow Hill local nature reserve, near Pensnett, Continue reading DC newcomers

DZG on TV tonight

Tune in to BBC’s DIY SOS tonight to get a glimpse of DZG! TV presenter Nick Knowles and the team came on site to film Lower Gornal parents Joanne and Wayne Whitehouse at their favourite family venue while they talked about the struggle they faced in finishing a much-needed extension to their house. The additional space would Continue reading DZG on TV tonight