Join the Toddle

Two year old Evie-May Harvey, of Dudley, will be putting her best foot forward next month when she joins  Barnardo’s Big Toddle” href=””> Barnardo’s Big Toddle”>Barnardo’s Barnardo’s Big Toddle”> Big Toddle in Dudley Castle courtyard, in the heart of DZG. Evie-May will be among hundreds of under-fives taking part in our annual toddle on June 12, 13, 14 and Continue reading Join the Toddle

P...p...penguins aplenty

There were penguins aplenty at yesterday’s official opening of Penguin Bay, our new £40,000 walkthrough experience. Alongside our 70-strong colony of rare Humboldts there were 21 recent arrivals who will be forming a rainbow-coloured Penguin Trail across the site throughout our 75th anniversary year.   DZG Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “To celebrate our Continue reading P…p…penguins aplenty

Happy 75th Birthday, DZG!

Amid great anticipation and excitement, Dudley Zoo opened to the public on May 6, 1937 – exactly 75 years ago today. Making headlines across the country, the zoo was a first for the Midlands and heralded “the finest of its kind”, “the most modern in Europe” and “a zoo without bars”, where visitors could see some of the world’s Continue reading Happy 75th Birthday, DZG!

Penguin Bay launched

DZG’s new £40,000 Penguin Bay has been officially opened on our 75th anniversary! The ribbon-cutting ceremony was carried out by DZG CEO Peter Suddock and long-standing DZG member and adopter, Muriel Thatcher. Eighty-five-year-old Muriel, of Wednesfield, near Wolverhampton, was among the crowds of visitors who flocked to the opening of Dudley Zoo on May 6, 1937. Continue reading Penguin Bay launched

Final preparations in 1937

The roof’s on the main entrance, there’s action aplenty – and the animals have started to arrive! That was the scene back in Spring 1937 as the countdown to Dudley Zoo’s opening began. “The zoo was constructed on 30 acres of a 200-acre mainly wooded site, owned by the third Earl of Dudley, which included the 11th century Dudley Castle.   “The Continue reading Final preparations in 1937

Great weather for penguins!

Excitement is mounting as final preparations get underway for this weekend’s anniversary launch of Penguin Bay.   Wet and windy weather made work difficult throughout the week as DZG staff battled against the elements to complete the £40,000 walkthrough experience – not that our 70-strong colony of Humboldts were bothered by the incessant downpour!   Continue reading Great weather for penguins!

Welcome to Holly

Mwah! Newborn baby reindeer Holly plants a big kiss on her mum’s cheek! The youngster was born on April 21 and is the offspring of Storm. Keeper, Jay Haywood, said: “Holly is doing really well and has settled in with the rest of the herd. She is a lovely little thing and is growing quickly.” Holly Continue reading Welcome to Holly

Clare lands trainee keeper's job

A former volunteer has landed a permanent post as a trainee animal keeper. Zoology graduate, Clare Westwood, from Wolverhampton, will initially be based at the zoo’s farm. Chief Executive, Peter Suddock, said he was pleased to welcome Clare to the full-time team. He said:?”Clare will join fellow apprentices on our in-house training scheme at NVQ Continue reading Clare lands trainee keeper’s job

21 penguins on their way!

To celebrate our 75th anniversary and the launch of Penguin Bay next weekend, we’re taking delivery of 21 bright birds! The fibreglass Dudley penguins will be painted in a rainbow of shades and will feature around the site – plus a whole load of surprise venues near YOU in coming weeks! DZG Head of Media Continue reading 21 penguins on their way!

From the Archives

We’ve discovered some interesting old photographs in DZG’s Archive Department linked to yesterday’s story about our rock rolling session at a local sweet factory. These images, which date back to the late 1940s and mid-50s, show Teddy Gray’s delivery van bringing sweet supplies to the zoo, and crowds outside Tecton Kiosk One – bearing the Gray’s sign Continue reading From the Archives