Porcupine treats

What a treat – I’m male porcupine, Prickles, and I’m really enjoying this maize brought in by keeper, Kirsty Thornton. I’ve just moved to another enclosure and everything’s rather new at the moment, so a nice bit of corn on the cob goes down really well. I’ve got a splendid ‘des-res’ designed by keepers and my Continue reading Porcupine treats

Time for a snuggle

How cosy is this!   The capybara family snuggle up to Brazilian tapir Chico in the South American paddock’s internal enclosure. Capybaras – mum Peanut, dad Pumpkin and five-month old Pecan – are among the world’s largest rodents.

Meet the mara

Introducing our newest baby! At just three days old our baby mara faces the camera with mum, Olivia. Keeper, Laura Robbins, said: “The baby is doing well and settling in with mum and dad, Martin. “We haven’t named it yet as we don’t know the sex, but will be having a think about suitable names Continue reading Meet the mara

Grace students' Creature Feature

Youngsters at Grace Primary School, in Oldbury, were delighted when they got to meet some of their favourite DZG species. Outreach team member, Shaun Crompton, took along a selection of small, tame animals to show the five and six-year-olds – and their parents! – during a one-hour Creature Feature. To organise a Creature Feature for Continue reading Grace students’ Creature Feature

Talc to the rescue!

A collared lemur became Billy No Mates when fellow primates picked a fight and expelled him from their gang. But quick-thinking keepers came up with a bright idea to re-introduce Pipkin to his old pals in Lemur Wood. Assistant Section Head of Primates, Pat Stevens, explained: “Primates recognise each other’s scent and this plays a Continue reading Talc to the rescue!

Staff observe two-minute silence

Staff observed a two-minute silence today across the 40-acre site. CEO?Peter Suddock said:?”All employees, including keepers, gardeners, maintenance, catering and admin staff marked the Armistice Day silence out of respect for those servicemen and women who died for their country. “It was particularly poignant for several members of staff whose family and friends have served Continue reading Staff observe two-minute silence

Oh yes, we are!!!

DZG is sponsoring the dress rehearsal of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at The Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton – and we’ve given away more than a thousand tickets to local folk for the December 9 panto date! Youngsters – and the young at heart – from across the region will be joining us for Continue reading Oh yes, we are!!!

Weigh-in highlights monkey tricks

Our Saki monkeys have been trained to hop on to the weighing scales once a month as part of their regular health checks. CAPTION: Keeper Jo Turner weighs a Saki monkey as he sits on the scales.  

David says farewell

Senior Presenter, David Riley, has left DZG’s Presentation team after seven-and-a-half years. David, of Codsall, Staffs, headed up the Discovery Centre team, on-site presentation and education programmes and also co-ordinated our volunteers. CEO?Peter Suddock said:?”David has been a very valued member of staff and contributed much to the business during his time at DZG and Continue reading David says farewell

Richard's on air

Assistant Curator Richard Brown will be on BBC Radio WM’s Joanne Malin Show this morning talking about the way in which some animals portray grief. The programme will be looking at how various species display a grieving pattern when their mates die. Tune in to BBCWM 95.6fm at 11.15am to hear what Richard has to say. Continue reading Richard’s on air