Happy Valentine's Day!

Love was in the air as five-year old red panda, Yasmin, celebrated St Valentine’s Day with a special delivery. Early shift keepers discovered a parcel addressed to the mini mammal containing two heart-shaped biscuits. Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “We’ve had lots of Valentine’s Day adoptions this year, and Yasmin has certainly been a favourite Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day!

Cacti enhance Reptile Huse

A prickly gift is going down well in our Reptile House. Cacti plants donated by Paul Jones, of Lister Road, Dudley, are being used to enhance habitats for a range of non-venomous snakes, lizards and crocodiles. Paul, aged 58, said:?”A friend’s father left some cacti that were 60 years old when he died, but no-one Continue reading Cacti enhance Reptile Huse

Panda paw jive!

Hey, Amba here again, hope you’re all having a great weekend. Mum and I had nothing to do yesterday afternoon so we decided to practise paw jiving on the enclosure rails. You have to balance carefully and not wave your paws about too much, otherwise you’ll fall off. Silly, but such fun!! See you soon. Continue reading Panda paw jive!

Lovebirds back at DZG

Lovebirds have flown back on show at DZG?- just in time for Valentine’s Day. Their timely arrival is due to the skills of volunteer carpenters, Geoff Benbow and Rob Jurczenko, who have constructed a new home for the colourful birds. Curator, Matt Lewis, said the aviary, which was designed in-house, means the public can see Continue reading Lovebirds back at DZG

Happy Birthday, Boss!

Celebrations are in full swing as DZG CEO Peter Suddock marks his big day in style. And there were surprises aplenty as staff presented him with a special cake and decorated the offices with birthday bunting before joining the fun. Peter said: “I’m having a great day, it’s just fantastic, and I’d like to day Continue reading Happy Birthday, Boss!

Moths in spotlight

A rare native moth was in the spotlight when DZG played host to a meeting of the Barberry Highways Group. Delegates from Chester Zoo, British Waterways, Drayton Manor, West Leeds Country Park and Butterfly Conservation joined DZG’s team to discuss an ongoing programme to protect the barberry carpet moth. Led by DZG’s Native Species Co-ordinator, Ian Hughes, the group Continue reading Moths in spotlight

Capuchins crack treats code!

Super-clever primates are using hands-on skills to crack a treats code. Our three yellow-breasted capuchins are among the rarest small primates in the world – a species notoriously good at solving puzzles. And females Holly and Dinha and male, Willow, have perfected a quick trick to open coconuts so they can get to the goodies Continue reading Capuchins crack treats code!

Three little bears move in

A trio of bears has relocated to DZG – but there’s no call for a new enclosure, they’re made of pottery and were donated by a Kingswinford woman who is clearing her home before downsizing. Beverley Knight, of Moss Grove, says the bears were given to her late husband, Peter, as a child during a Continue reading Three little bears move in

Fruity treat for Amba

Hey, it’s me, Amba, the cutest baby red panda at DZG!  It’s been lovely and cold these past few days and my mum and dad have been playing with me in the snow in our enclosure. So I was really sad when I woke up this morning to discover all that white stuff had disappeared, Continue reading Fruity treat for Amba

Wing surgery success

A domestic goose, named Derek, caused quite a flap when he underwent surgery for a broken wing. Derek was one of two goslings, hatched in 2010, named after curators Derek Grove and Matt Lewis by mischievous keepers. Curator, Matt Lewis, said:?”It was a really nasty break and no-one knew how it had happened, although we Continue reading Wing surgery success