DZG?CEO?Peter Suddock joined the Dudley City status debate with BBC Radio WM presenter, Jenny Wilkes, when the Beeb’s roadshow came to town. During an on-air interview with Joanne Malin he said:?”Any project that brings tourists to the area and more visitors to Dudley Zoo gets my vote!” Peter was also interviewed by BBC Midlands Today video journalist, Kevin Reide, who filmed his city status footage in … Continue reading Zoo boss joins city status debate
DZG holds very fond memories for octogenarian Doris Bratt. Doris, 83, of Kingswinford was employed as the zoo’s deputy cashier during the 1950s along with seven other members of the Bratt family who worked on site! Husband Kenneth worked in Maintenance and various sisters and brothers-in-law were pony girls, keepers and administration staff. Doris … Continue reading Doris’s DZG days
Baby orang utan, Sprout, plays peek-a-boo with mum in the late afternoon sunshine. Eighteen-week-old Sprout has been learning all about enrichment from mum, 19-year-old Jazz, and joined her hide and seek games throughout the weekend. And keepers have noticed Sprout’s first teeth are beginning to show, so she’ll soon be having her first taste of … Continue reading Sprout ventures out
One of the worlds most recognisable and iconic exotic birds, the colourful Toco toucan, is settling in at DZG. The male Toucan has not yet been named but it is expected to draw the crowds, and the hunt has already started for a female to form a breeding pair. Curator, Matt Lewis, said:?Toucans are very … Continue reading Toucan flies into DZG
Three marbled teal chicks have hatched at DZG giving a boost to the species which is threatened in the wild. The colony now numbers 12 birds. Marbled teals are diving ducks which are classified as vulnerable to the threat of extinction by conservation experts. They are medium sized ducks (15-17 inches in length) which used to … Continue reading Chicks boost colony
DZG’s land train has transported thousands of families across the site during the past 23 years, and this week passed its annual inspection with flying colours. Chief Executive, Peter Suddock, said the 2.5 litre diesel Dotto locomotive is as popular now as back in 1988 when it made its first zoo trip. He said: “It’s … Continue reading Dotto delights DZG visitors
DZG’s African spurred tortoise, Ernie, was left a little shell shocked after undergoing an operation to remove pebbles from his stomach. True to his species, two-year-old Ernie is partial to eating the odd stone when his body needs extra minerals, but bit off more than he could chew when the pebbles caused a blockage. The problem … Continue reading Operation leaves tortoise, Ernie, shell-shocked
Pregnancy put a favourite vegetable well and truly off the menu for DZG Bornean orang utan, Jazz. But four months after giving birth the 19-year-old has rekindled her fancy for onions and once again made the smelly snack part of her five-a-day. Primate keepers were amused when the first-time mum shunned the shallots and opted … Continue reading New mum, Jazz, knows her onions . . .
Fifteen-year-old Amber Higgs sent us this picture of a spider monkey taken on a visit to DZG?during her school holidays. Amber, who is in her final year at High Arcal School, Dudley, is a keen wildlife photographer. She said: “I took a few really good photographs that day at DZG, it seemed like some of the animals were almost posing for … Continue reading Monkey pose for Amber!