DZG data discovered

A goldmine of data has been unearthed at DZG via the creation of archives which will safeguard the site’s unique history for future generations. The project, which complements the move to new administration offices on the zoo site, has seen design historian and researcher, Catherine Gregg, sifting through documents, drawings, photographs and plans spanning nearly Continue reading DZG data discovered

Porcupines' prickly poser

How do you help a porcupine move house? That was the prickly poser facing keepers when they transferred three crested porcupines to a new enclosure. Assistant Curator, Richard Brown, explained: “If disturbed, crested porcupines raise their quills to make themselves look bigger using muscles in their back. “When this happens they charge backwards towards their Continue reading Porcupines’ prickly poser

Eight more sleeps!

Guess what – just eight more sleeps until my first birthday! I shall be one year old on March 11 and I am soooo excited. It’s been a busy year in the tapir paddock for my mum Meena, dad, Chico and ugly brother Ronnie, but it’s been fun and now I’m looking forward to celebrating Continue reading Eight more sleeps!

Tiger Tales: Daseep's Blog

Hallo Everyone, It’s not long now until we go our separate ways and Tschuna and me have been looking through our photo album. We’ve had some fabulous times since we arrived at DZG on February 15, 2012 and we’d like to share some of those special moments with you through our photographs. Of course, none of Continue reading Tiger Tales: Daseep’s Blog

Hannah lands dream job

Animal crazy teenager Hannah Follows has scooped her dream job at DZG. The 16-year-old, who adopted her favourite species at DZG when she was still at primary school, completed both Little Keeper and Adult Keeper for a Day experiences and also did work placement two years ago, is now the site’s youngest apprentice keeper. Hannah said: “My job Continue reading Hannah lands dream job

Leapfrog launch

Staff are making one giant leap for frogkind by highlighting the world’s amphibians. And they chose February 29 to launch their Leapfrog activities. Chief Executive, Peter Suddock, said: “As 2012 is a leap year we thought February 29 was a great day to start our campaign. “At DZG?we have a large variety of amphibians that Continue reading Leapfrog launch

Snow leopard love-in

Snow leopards Margaash and Nanga have been cosied up in their internal den this week – and keepers are wondering if there may soon be the patter of tiny paws! The purrfect pair have become great pals in recent weeks and love spending time together high up on the climbing platforms.   Watch this space! Continue reading Snow leopard love-in

Meet the sealions

A big hello from the sealion pool where we’ve been getting in lots of swimming practice today. Some days we just pootle about, but today we made some groovy shapes in the water, much to the delight of our visitors.  Our pools are part of the original moat for the 11th century Dudley Castle – Continue reading Meet the sealions

My Mum's Day idea

Just three weeks to go to Mothering Sunday and I’ve had a brilliant idea. Why not adopt MY mum, Jazz, as a gift for YOUR mum?  Adopters get all sorts of goodies, including a fab photo of my mum, who incidentally is a Bornean orang utan. She’s had a busy 12 months because this time Continue reading My Mum’s Day idea

Girls – propose this Leap Year!

Staff are urging loved-up ladies to take a leap of faith on February 29 by proposing to their partners among some of the world’s rarest animals.   Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “It’s Leap Year so for all those ladies who want to pop the question on February 29 we’re offering a little bit Continue reading Girls – propose this Leap Year!