Such a pane!

Muddy pawed otters are keeping their keepers busy. Every day staff spend hours cleaning the dozen or so windows at their enclosure –?only for ten Asiatic short-clawed otters to put their mucky little paws all over the panes. Keeper Jay Hawood said:?”The otters are very mischievous and make so much mess of the windows that Continue reading Such a pane!

Flamingos grounded in high winds

Seven flamingos were grounded today after high winds threatened to carry them away! Keepers were concerned that the birds would be swept off as stormy winds picked up speed across the zoo’s 40-acre site.   DZG CEO, Peter Suddock, said: “At one point the winds got up to about 30mph and although the flamingos’ wings Continue reading Flamingos grounded in high winds

Chairlift's anniversary refurb

Plans to refurbish one of the Black Country’s best-loved attractions are underway as part of DZG’s 75th anniversary celebrations. Work is scheduled to start on the site’s 1958 chairlift in spring with completion set for mid-July. The £117,000 project will take 12 weeks to complete and work will include a full refurb of the 42 Continue reading Chairlift’s anniversary refurb

Happy New Year!

A big Happy New Year to you all from everyone here at DZG. We’ve got lots to look forward to in 2012 – it’s our 75th anniversary, and there are plans aplenty for a very busy year. We’d also like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout the past Continue reading Happy New Year!

Baby guinea pigs born

Two baby guinea pigs are proving popular with young visitors to the farm. Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “The new arrivals are the offspring of mum Belle, and dad, Lightning.   “One of the babies is ginger and the other black and ginger, and both have become favourites with youngsters over the Continue reading Baby guinea pigs born

Calendar ideal New Year gift

Forgotten a festive pressie? Our 2012 calendar could be your easiest gift. And at just £5 it’s a steal. The calendar features a dozen DZG newborns and their mums, including baby orang utan, Sprout, tiny Humboldt penguins, and a very cute emperor tamarin. Call into the Safari Gift Shop to pick up your copy or call Continue reading Calendar ideal New Year gift

Cod liver oil and TLC

Keepers are handing out TLC?to two elderly babirusas throughout winter. The Balinese wild pigs are genetically adapted to a warmer environment so 19-year-old female Tiny Pig and 15-year-old male, Nick, receive daily doses of cod liver oil poured over a fruity feast of apples, pears, bananas,carrots and green vegetables to ensure they stay in good Continue reading Cod liver oil and TLC

Stafford College visit

Eighteen Animal Care students from Stafford College made an educational visit to DZG which included  a 90-minute guided tour across the site followed by a Creature Feature with a range of exotic animals. DZG Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “The students had quite a busy itinerary, but managed to see a lot of the site in a Continue reading Stafford College visit

Electric blanket for peacocks

Six Indian blue peafowl have found themselves an ‘electric blanket’ to take the chill off winter nights. Four males and two females have taken to roosting on top of the Queen Mary restaurant which becomes a toasty resting place when the temperature drops, the heating kicks in and the roof warms up. Curator Matt Lewis Continue reading Electric blanket for peacocks