It’s National Gardening Week and keepers have started their own veg patch for our primates. The Lower Primate team have transformed an off-show undeveloped area on the lower zoo site and started growing a selection of greens for the likes of our chimpanzees, spider and howler monkeys including runner beans, spinach, beetroot, courgettes, aubergines and … Continue reading Planting for primates
There’s a clear tell-‘tail’ sign our newly arrived female Coppery titi monkey, Tilda, is already making an impression on male, Frank! Tilda, aged four, has recently been paired with ten year-old Frank following her relocation from La Vallée des Singes in France and the couple were spotted tail twining within days! Senior Keeper Sian-Leigh Simner, … Continue reading A tell-tail sign!
Trainee Gardener Jordan Share proved to be a cut above the rest when he was named Employee of the Month. Jordan, who joined the gardening team in 2017 through a horticulture apprenticeship scheme, was chosen for the top title after impressing Zoo Manager Matt Lewis with his diligence and was presented with a certificate and … Continue reading Jordan’s a cut above!
Just over a year ago, Dudley Zoological Gardens vowed to make a noise about the plight of songbirds stolen from forests in Southeast Asia – and we certainly have! And we’ve been joined by a very special ambassador who is helping us continue to raise awareness and funds for the European Association of Zoos and … Continue reading Funds soar for Asian songbirds in crisis
It’s World Tapir Day and our three Brazilian tapirs have put their best foot forward to help us fundraise with their hoof prints being turned into keyrings. Throughout today we’ll be raising awareness about the threats the endangered species face in the wild as well as the vital work of conservation project Lowland Tapir Conservation … Continue reading Best hoof forward for tapirs!
A nest full of native newborn chicks is a wonderful sight, but look closer and you’ll see they’re nesting in plastic. Zoo Member Shaun Thomas sent us these photographs after spotting the mistle thrush family in a tree by the camel paddock on the lower zoo site. DZG Conservation Officer Chris Leeson said: “This was … Continue reading Native species spot!
There was a special Easter Day surprise down on the farm with the birth of four guinea pigs! The brown, black and white pups were born to mum, Ursula and dad, Stitch, around mid morning on Sunday and they’re delighting visitors with their tiny squeals! Senior Keeper Kirsty Thornton “We were thrilled to discover the babies … Continue reading Easter arrivals
Our free-roaming lemurs are loving their new-look home and we’ve had great feedback from visitors too! The one-acre walkthrough paddock, which opens each day from 11am, was relaunched a week ago following a £100,000 facelift and is home to more than 20 black-and-white ruffed, collared and ring-tailed lemurs – including two new arrivals… have you … Continue reading Loving the lemurs!
Kyra couldn’t believe her eyes this morning when she discovered the Easter bunny had left her an eggciting 13th birthday gift in her paddock overnight! The birthday girl, alongside sister Asha, couldn’t wait to get stuck into the surprise enrichment Easter delivery of a giant straw nest full of huge papier mâché eggs. And as the … Continue reading Easter surprise!
We’re getting egg-cited for Easter Day and giant anteater Bubbles has already been tucking into some egg-stra treats! Keeper Josh Luxton allowed the one-year-old anteater an early Easter egg, which he lapped up in seconds! Curator Richard Brown said: “Many of our exotic species enjoy eating eggs as part of their varied diets and they’re … Continue reading Egg-stra treats!