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Santa samples QM fare

Staff in the Queen Mary cafe always make sure they keep a stock of Santa’s favourite snacks just in case he pops in for a mince pie. It’s been a very busy time for Santa in the Castle Grotto over the last few weeks with hundreds of youngsters calling in to tell him what’s on Continue reading Santa samples QM fare

Fancy a Sprout for Xmas?

Sprouts are an acquired taste; a scrumptious festive green delight, or a red-alert addition to the Christmas dinner plate, strictly for decoration. But EVERYONE loves DZG’s Sprout – our gorgeous nine-month-old Bornean orang utan, the first of this highly endangered species to be born at Dudley Zoo in 19 years. In less then a year Continue reading Fancy a Sprout for Xmas?

Festive surprise from pupils

We’ve received a fantastic Christmas present from students at a Sandwell school! Pupils from Ocker Hill Junior School, in Tipton, raised  £1,479.60 to boost our Madagascan Campaign supporting lemurs in the wild. The funds were raised through sponsorship by 234 students who took part in Zoolympics organised by DZG outreach staff at Tipton Sports Academy Continue reading Festive surprise from pupils

Adopters opt for Neville!

Staff are working hard to cope with Christmas requests from animal-mad adopters across the country. Marketing Manager, Julia Lockett, said dozens of daily inquiries about sponsor / adopter packages were coming in – with penguins and meerkats top of the festive adoption list.   Julia said: “We have had all sorts of requests to adopt Continue reading Adopters opt for Neville!

Santa on DZGTV

Find out what Santa got up to when he faced the camera for our Christmas video. Footage follows Father Christmas in our countdown to The Big Day and discovers what keepers will be getting up to on site as part of the festive fun. Find out for yourself at www.dzgtv.co.uk

Cheerleaders adopt lion

Cheerleaders from Blackpool stopped off at DZG for a whistle-stop photoshoot to mark their adoption of Asiatic lion, Itar. Twenty seven members of Cats with Red Shoes, from South Shore, came on site to pick up the adoption package from Keeper, Jay Haywood. Head of Media and Comunications, Jill Hitchman, said:?”The girls had taken part Continue reading Cheerleaders adopt lion

Just 12 days to go!

Staff are counting down to Christmas Day with lots of activities around the site. Santa and his elves are working hard on youngsters’ wish lists in the castle grotto, while his herd of reindeer are meeting and greeting visitors in the castle courtyard.   Our Marketing team are making sure all the Christmas adoption packages Continue reading Just 12 days to go!

Four capybaras born

Four baby capybaras surprised ungulates staff when they appeared in the South American paddock with mum, Peanut. Keeper Laura Robbins, said: “It was a bit of a shock as we had a baby capybara born just a few months ago; now he has four brothers and sisters.”   The youngsters, who have not yet been Continue reading Four capybaras born

Home from home for Harry

Ellowes Hall Sports College pupil, Harry Lewis, felt right at home when he visited DZG during a school trip. For Harry is the son of Curator, Matt Lewis, and mum is Senior Keeper, Lesley – and the 13-year-old lives on site! Lesley said: “I laughed when Harry told me about the school trip, he certainly Continue reading Home from home for Harry

Operation sorts Santa's helper

Reindeer Hail has a key role to play every Christmas when he joins the fun in Santa’s Grotto. Along with eight reindeer friends, Hail meets young visitors in the 11th century Dudley Castle courtyard throughout the festive season. So it was a blow when the eight year-old developed an unsightly tumour on his magnificent antlers Continue reading Operation sorts Santa’s helper