Foxy returns!

BRMB breakfast show presenter Foxy loved his radio station’s Community Service at DZG so much he arranged a private visit. He brought along a few friends and colleagues to meet his zoo favourites and spent an afternoon on site chatting to keepers about the collection. CAPTIONS:?RIGHT: Foxy feeds hungry Asiatic lion, Itar.  BELOW: Tickling a Continue reading Foxy returns!

Jessica joins zoo crew

South Staffs teenager, Jessica Brookes, joined Dudley Zoo crew for a week during work placement from Wolverhampton Grammar School. Sixteen-year-old Jessica, of Stourton, spent time with Keepers, Marketing, Retail and Press Office throughout the week. She shadowed keeping staff for two days, including work on the farm and primates sections, plus birds and big cats. Head Continue reading Jessica joins zoo crew

DZG's 2012 calendar on sale

It’s arrived – our 2012 calendar is now on the shelves in the Safari Gift Shop. Inspired by this year’s bumper number of newcomers, the calendar features a dozen newborns and their mums. There’s Bornean orang utan Sprout and mum Jazz, emperor tamarin Edwina and mother Muriel and a day old capybara, who keepers have Continue reading DZG’s 2012 calendar on sale

Macaques move into new home

A group of rare Sulawesi crested macaques has moved into a new enclosure designed in-house to meet the needs of the critically endangered primates. Two males and two females of the five-strong group were recently transferred from Ramat Gan Zoo in Tel Aviv, Israel, and were quarantined for six months. The transfer was part of Continue reading Macaques move into new home

Be a Keeper for a Day!

DZG’s Keeper For a Day experience lets you get close to some of the rarest animals in the world. Shadow our keepers as they go about their daily duties caring for a whole range of exotic creatures and learn all about your favourite species with a hands-on experience you’ll never forget!   Caitlin Bradley,  aged 10 Continue reading Be a Keeper for a Day!

Zoo boss joins city status debate

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

Doris's DZG days

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

Sprout ventures out

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

Emperor tamarin born

Meet emperor tamarin Edwina with mum, Muriel. Young tamarins cling tightly to their parents, with dad carrying the young most of the time, handing them back to mum every couple of hours for feeding. Edwina seems to be enjoying the attention!

Toucan flies into DZG

One of the world’s 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