Jazz in the Ballroom

As part of the 27th Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival, UK sensations Tipitina performed R&B favourites in the iconic Queen Mary Ballroom. Vocalist Debbie Jones and Justin Randall on piano offered guests a heady mix of New Orleans good-time blues, barrelhouse and gospel sprinkled with rhythm and blues. Festival organiser Jim Simpson said: “Jazz nights were a regular feature Continue reading Jazz in the Ballroom

Picnic for princesses

Under-fives had fun in the sunshine at DZG’s Princes and Princesses Picnic. The annual two-day event saw Peppa Pig and friends entertaining thousands of youngsters in the courtyard of the 11th century Dudley Castle, alongside clowns, face painters and balloon artists.   Marketing Manager, Julia Lockett, said: “We had more than three thousand children, parents Continue reading Picnic for princesses

£1.15m Tecton restoration

DZG has been given the green light for a £1.15 million programme to renovate four iconic Tecton structures built when the zoo opened in 1937. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded development funding of just over £123,000 for the three year project. The first-round pass means that DZG have up to two years to Continue reading £1.15m Tecton restoration

From Singapore to DZG!

Nine-year-old Heather Hawkins made time for a very special holiday experience when she visited the UK with her dad, Jason. Heather travelled from her home in Singapore to see relatives in Britain and also included a Little Zoo Keeper Day at DZG in her itinerary. During her experience she shadowed keepers around the site and helped to Continue reading From Singapore to DZG!

Baby capybara meets visitors

A capybara born in the South American ungulates paddock couldn’t wait to meet zoo visitors! Within hours of its birth the baby – who has been named Pecan – was running round the enclosure with her parents.   Keeper Laura Robbins said: “It was quite early in the morning and I was the first member Continue reading Baby capybara meets visitors

Plight of Parrots exhibition

DZG is highlighting the plight of wild parrots facing extinction through widespread poaching. Parrots in Peril in the site’s Discovery Centre, which will be seen by thousands of visitors throughout summer, has been put together by Presenter Kellie Piper.   Kellie, aged 27, who looks after three parrots at her home in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, said:?”I have always had Continue reading Plight of Parrots exhibition

Nifty footwork saves rare chicks

Nifty footwork by bird keepers ensured the survival of two rare newborn chicks. Staff noticed a couple of Satyr Tragopans had been born with deformed feet and feared the creatures would be unable to walk properly.   Quick-thinking keepers used medical tape to separate their toes and form a splint to keep the miniature limbs Continue reading Nifty footwork saves rare chicks

Operation Panda

A newly revamped enclosure intended for an aged rare Asiatic black bear became a temporary home for 130 pandas en route to a Chinese orphanage.   The 1937 Tecton building, originally constructed for polar bears, was given a makeover to provide accommodation for 31year-old black bear Inca, but the move was delayed following a plea Continue reading Operation Panda

Masters of Disguise

A new display in DZG’s Discovery Centre highlights nature’s masters of disguise. Tricksters reveals how different species use camouflage, mimicry and bluff to protect themselves from their enemies in the wild.     Presenter Langan Turner said: “In the natural world, hide and seek is literally a matter of life or death, and the new Continue reading Masters of Disguise