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Surprise at birth of 19 boas

The birth of 19 boa constrictors surprised reptile keepers who thought mum had merely put on weight! Curator Matt Lewis said that although the well fed female boa had been a bit subdued, her pregnancy had not been obvious and her ‘baby bump’ went unnoticed. Common boas do not lay eggs, but give birth to Continue reading Surprise at birth of 19 boas

Tallulah loses her spots

DZG’s six-month-old Brazilian tapir, Tallulah, has lost her camouflage stripes and spots – but it’s nothing to worry about. Keeper Jay Haywood explained:?”Baby tapirs are at risk of predators, particularly jaguars, and are unable to run away so they have a pattern of spots and stripes which mimics the dappled effect of sun shining through Continue reading Tallulah loses her spots

Monkey business for Mrs Elvis

Squirrel monkey, Mrs Elvis, has found a new game to satisfy her inquisitive nature. The dominant small primate has developed a passion for a special boomer ball, an enrichment toy filled with tasty treats including mealworms and locusts. Keeper Laura Robbins, explained: “Mrs Elvis is a very cheeky and inquisitive monkey who loves to play and interact Continue reading Monkey business for Mrs Elvis

Sunshine brings crowds

Surprise sunshine brought more than 4,300 visitors to DZG over the weekend – and prompted zoo bosses to extend opening hours! As temperatures hit the high twenties staff made a decision to revert to summer hours so visitors had extra time on site. Chief Executive Peter Suddock said:?”The mini heatwave was just glorious and visitors Continue reading Sunshine brings crowds

Jack's panda adventure

Jack Kershaw, of Halesowen, couldn’t believe his luck when he came face to face with red panda, Yasmin, during a recent visit. The eight-year-old Bromsgrove Prep School pupil has adored the species since he was a toddler and is a long-term adopter at DZG. He said:?”I love animals and know lots about wildlife, but red Continue reading Jack’s panda adventure

45 years? What a record!

Head Keeper Graham Chilton set a record when he retired from DZG after 45 years – as the longest serving employee in the Zoo’s 74-year history! Sixty-one-year-old Graham started work at Dudley Zoo in September 1966 and over the past four-and-a-half decades has worked on most animal sections within the organisation, including big cats, primates and reptiles. He said:?”It’s been an amazing Continue reading 45 years? What a record!

Teeth and scales for Orry

Hi everyone, it’s been a day of check-ups for me today. Firstly, keepers had a good long look at my teeth to make sure they’re clean and the gums are good, then they made me hop on the scales to check my weight. No worries there – a healthy diet of fresh fish and lots Continue reading Teeth and scales for Orry

British Food Fortnight Fun

A?new arrival prompted primate keepers to pile up the fruit and veg baskets to mark British Food Fortnight (Sept 17 to Oct 2). Nineteen-year-old Bornean orang utan, Jazz, gave birth to Sprout at the end of March, and staff have made sure she has all the nutrients necessary for a first-time nursing mum. And as Continue reading British Food Fortnight Fun

Little keepers join DZG

Our Little Keeper Days are proving more popular than ever with youngsters across the country. The day-long event offers an opportunity to get really close to exotic and endangered animals and learn all about your favourite species with a hands-on experience you’ll never forget. We asked eight year olds Georgina Westwood of Kingswinford and Annie Jones of Ipswich, Continue reading Little keepers join DZG

Bumper year for birds

DZG is enjoying a bumper year for birds, with 13 different species successfully bred on site this season. The list includes Lady Amherst’s ornamental pheasants, a species from China which was introduced to Britain in the 19th century and named after Countess Sarah Amherst, wife of William Pitt Amherst, governor general of Bengal. Other species born at DZG?this year Continue reading Bumper year for birds