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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

It's snow time!

Brrrr – it’s freezing on site today, so our keepers pulled on extra layers before going about their daily duties, which this morning included breaking the ice on the sealion and penguin pools. Red pandas and snow leopards loved the plummeting temperatures, while our mob of meerkats huddled under their heat lamps away from the Continue reading It’s snow time!

Countdown to Valentine's Day

February already – time for all you romantics out there to start thinking about what to buy your loved one for Valentine’s Day. This year we’ve put together a special adoption package for our very beautiful red panda, Yasmin.  She’s simply gorgeous; loves having fun, is a fantastic mum to young Amba, and just looks Continue reading Countdown to Valentine’s Day

All about giraffes

Assistant Curator, Richard Brown, and keeper, Jay Haywood, joined staff from 14 giraffe collections across the UK in a workshop to share best practice. Richard and Jay were among more than 30 ungulates keepers who attended the January 17 event at Flamingo Land, North Yorkshire. Jay said: “Some of the keepers at the workshop were Continue reading All about giraffes

It's study time

Keepers Cerys Grove and Neil Flockhart are spending time in a virtual classroom as well as working alongside some of the rarest animals in the world. Cerys, aged 21, and 43 year-old Neil, are studying for the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA) which covers conservation, care, nutrition and enclosure design Continue reading It’s study time

It's a piece of cake for Nick

When TV presenter, Nick Knowles, discovered BBC’s DIY SOS team were filming at DZG he couldn’t resist meeting a few cheeky monkeys. Nick and the building crew were involved in a revamp project for Joanne and Wayne Whitehouse of Lower Gornal, and came on site to film them at their favourite family venue and talk about the struggle they faced in Continue reading It’s a piece of cake for Nick

Nuts about Gallic treats

Primates and parrots are nuts about Gallic treats donated by Dudley couple, Anne and Arthur Weston. The Westons handed over bags of walnuts grown in the garden of their holiday home, in Bonneuil, South West France, following a bumper crop. Retired engineering manager, Arthur, said:?”We’ve been picking two or three bucketfuls every day since autumn, Continue reading Nuts about Gallic treats