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Vulnerable species studies

Staff at DZG are assisting with a scientific study into the behaviour of a vulnerable species of primate. DZG has established a bachelor group of white-faced saki monkeys (Pithecia pithecia) and invited Plymouth University researcher Sarah Bonsall to compare the social behaviour of the all-males with breeding groups of monogamous pairs and families. Registrar and Continue reading Vulnerable species studies

Muriel adopts lizard - seven decades after first visit

An octogenarian who visited DZG on its opening day in 1937 has achieved another ‘first’ by adopting a newly-arrived bearded dragon. Animal crazy Muriel Thatcher, aged 84, from Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, has adopted many of the site’s collection during the last 74 years but is the first adopter to take on Edmund, the colourful lizard. CAPTION: Continue reading Muriel adopts lizard – seven decades after first visit

DZG takes top tourist award for seventh year

Staff are celebrating after winning a top tourist attraction award for the seventh consecutive year. The VAQAS – Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme – award is issued by VisitBritain and follows tough inspection of the Zoo site and its facilities. CAPTION: Keeper Kirsty Thornton with the certificate.

USA expert meets tapirs

A world-renowned expert on tapirs travelled almost 5,000 miles to meet the family at DZG. Sheryl Todd, president and founder of the Tapir Preservation Fund based in Oregon in the USA, visited the leading Black Country tourist attraction with her partner Lee Spangler. Sheryl, who has a life-long interest in the animals and has raised Continue reading USA expert meets tapirs

Best of British Calendar

DZG’s 2011 calendar shows our commitment to the very Best of British. Throughout the months we explain why it’s important to buy British foods for our animals. Not simply British, but as locally grown to DZG as we can possibly get. It’s not a new story, we’ve been doing it since 1937 when the zoo Continue reading Best of British Calendar

The Beeb and the Book

A BBC camera crew moved on site to record footage from our latest book which chronicles the history of a unique collection of Modernist buildings at DZG. Towers and Tectons: A View from the Hill, by Jill Hitchman, which also highlights conservation and research work at DZG, features the site’s iconic Tecton buildings which have Continue reading The Beeb and the Book

DZG book launch

A double book celebrating the animals and buildings at DZG has been launched. The two-in-one work outlines conservation and research at the Castle Hill site alongside the history of the world’s largest collection of Tecton buildings. Conservation and Research at DZG: Making Time for the World’s Rarest Animals was penned by Registrar and Research Co-ordinator Continue reading DZG book launch