Dudley Zoo was delighted to welcome 50 primate keepers from across Europe for the first ever macaque species workshop. The successful BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) Macaque Workshop was led by our Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden with the help of her Lower Primate colleagues. Jodie, also Co-Chair of the BIAZA … Continue reading Macaque matters
Senior Keeper and mum-to-be Laura Robbins has been named Employee of the Month and celebrated the top title with tapir mum Meena. Laura, who joined DZG 14 years ago and works part-time, won praise from staff and visitors for her dedication to the job and for making animal experiences so enjoyable for participants. Zoo Director … Continue reading Top job Laura!
Team Leader Lesley Lewis and Curator Richard Brown are well prepared for the moment European brown bears return to DZG. The pair attended the Bear Husbandry Workshop at Chester Zoo last month to get ready for the possible reintroduction of European brown bears, should the project win our visitor vote. The £250,000 scheme to reinstate bears … Continue reading Ideas to bear in mind
Capybara Pumpkin enjoyed a spot of male grooming after taking an afternoon mud bath in our South American paddock. Keeper Josh Luxton caught the capybara on camera rolling around in the mud amongst the colourful autumn leaves. And the natural beauty treatment will leave the creature’s coat in tip top condition as in the wild … Continue reading Pumpkin’s pamper time
Lulu is the lovely new name for our Patagonian mara after we asked people to send in suggestions for the chance to adopt her. Dozens of people entered the e-mail competition to name the newcomer and Keeper Josh Luxton picked out the winning entry from zoo visitor Rebecca Deeley. Mum-of-three Rebecca, from Brierley Hill, said: “It’s … Continue reading Lovely name Lulu!
The wraps are off – today we’re thrilled to reveal the stunning ape artwork being sold in aid of our £800,000 orang enclosure appeal. Just 100 signed limited edition canvasses of our Bornean orangutans Benji, Jorong, Jazz and Sprout have been produced exclusively for DZG from an original drawing donated by award-winning artist David Skidmore. … Continue reading Exclusive ape art goes on sale
Members of West Midlands Classic Car Club have clubbed together to make a generous donation to DZG. The £300 cheque was presented to our receptionist Claire Phillpotts to thank us for hosting the club’s 30th annual show this summer. And the group is already gearing up for next year’s event. The donation was delivered by … Continue reading Drivers’ donation
DZG’s Finance Manager Jon Ashfield is sporting a moustache this month to grow funds and awareness of men’s health issues. But the 46-year-old from Wall Heath, who is taking part in the Movember event, has a long way to go before matching the terrific taches of our Emperor tamarins! The New World monkeys, easily recognised … Continue reading Money-raising moustache
Two of DZG’s giant beech trees have been felled and branches given to some of our tiniest creatures – three spiny mice. The 100ft-tall tree at the golden pheasant enclosure has been severely cut back and the beech near the giraffe feeding platform, which was around the same height, has been removed completely. Other offcuts … Continue reading Giant trees for minute mice
Our red pandas Yasmin and Gawa are in for a feast after bundles of bamboo plants were delivered to us by a kind-hearted couple. Gwen and Ken Edge have lived at their Bridgnorth home for 40 years and offered the excess plants to DZG after reading an appeal in the press. Gwen said: “The bamboo … Continue reading Thanks Gwen and Ken!