No laughing matter

It was no joke for Adelaide the laughing kookaburra when she damaged her beak during a flying display and required ‘cosmetic’ surgery from the zoo’s vet. DZG Curator Matt Lewis explained: “The species, which originates from eastern Australia, is part of the kingfisher family. “As with other kingfishers, kookaburras are carnivorous and like to kill Continue reading No laughing matter

Bunk with the Beasts

A double Bunk with the Beasts experience for Kingswinford–based 1st Dawley Brook Scout Group proved a huge hit with 60 youngsters who took part during two weekends. Beavers spent their evening with Baron Dudley – aka Senior Presenter David Riley – who talked about horrible history before leading a torchlit walk around the site. Later Continue reading Bunk with the Beasts

Lunch on its way

Male?Rothschild giraffe Kubwa waits eagerly for Assistant Curator Richard Brown to get lunch ready. Giraffes browse on the twigs of trees, but also eat grasses and fruits and can eat up 65 pounds (29 kg) of leaves and twigs daily. They use their long, tough tongues to strip the leaves from the branches and will regurgitate the semi-digested cud Continue reading Lunch on its way

Boa loves girly soak in bath

Like most females, Columbia the Brazilian rainbow boa wants to keep her skin looking radiant – and she does it by soaking in the bath most of the day. Columbia is very much in demand for Creature Features – informative educational talks with live animal demonstrations – and she likes to appear with her iridescent Continue reading Boa loves girly soak in bath

All sold out!

All tickets for our Hallowe’en Family Hocus Pocus have now sold out. Have a great night everyone – hope it’s not too scary!! The event includes a disco, ghost walk and ghoulish games, plus a range of creepy crawlies to meet including spiders, snakes, cockroaches. Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said:?”There’s lots of Continue reading All sold out!

Pumpkin treats aplenty

Lemurs have been enjoying Hallowe’en treats, thanks to kind supporters who donated pumpkins aplenty. CEO?Peter Suddock, said:?”Lots of people who attended Hallowe’en events throughout half term brought in pumpkins as enrichment for the animals, and most sections from small primates to pandas have been enjoying the gifts.” Across the site keepers have been filling the Continue reading Pumpkin treats aplenty

Watch our new IPTV Channel DZG is now online and on-mobile with the latest IPTV Channel Communicating on-screen, on-line & on-mobile” IPTV4, loves… Google, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, plus many more social networks. IPTV4 will provide real value to Dudley Zoological Gardens you can watch & link to multiple devices such as iPhone, android tablets and Smart phones.  

Delight at £4.5m investment

Staff are celebrating the announcement of a £4.5million investment into Castle Hill from West Midlands European Regional Development Fund. The five-year project will create a new access and shared arrival area for visitors to DZG, Black Country Living Museum and Dudley Canal Trust. A dedicated £1.2million for DZG will upgrade roads across the 40-acre site, Continue reading Delight at £4.5m investment

Leaves lead to enrichment

Falling autumn leaves are providing seasonal fun for some of our exotic species. Babirusas love to root for tubers and bugs to eat, and enjoy turning the leaves to mulch. It gives them an opportunity to forage and so provides environmental enrichment, allowing them to express their natural instincts. Asiatic short-clawed otters are curious and playful Continue reading Leaves lead to enrichment

John donates artwork

Smethwick artist, John?Fairbrother, was so inspired by a visit to Lemur Wood that he set up his easel, painted his favourite small primate – and donated the artwork to DZG. John, who works in a photo processing lab at Asda’s Cape Hill branch, has enjoyed art since an early age, but took a break from his hobby when he Continue reading John donates artwork