Little keepers join DZG

Our Little Keeper Days are proving more popular than ever with youngsters across the country. The day-long event offers an opportunity to get really close to exotic and endangered animals and learn all about your favourite species with a hands-on experience you’ll never forget. We asked eight year olds Georgina Westwood of Kingswinford and Annie Jones of Ipswich, Continue reading Little keepers join DZG

Bumper year for birds

DZG is enjoying a bumper year for birds, with 13 different species successfully bred on site this season. The list includes Lady Amherst’s ornamental pheasants, a species from China which was introduced to Britain in the 19th century and named after Countess Sarah Amherst, wife of William Pitt Amherst, governor general of Bengal. Other species born at DZG?this year Continue reading Bumper year for birds

DZG's French Connection

A sales manager from Paris made the French connection with DZG by arranging a Close Encounter. Twenty-three-year-old Baptiste Bogros organised a Meet the Chimps experience. He said: “When I was younger I was keen to become a keeper, and visited many zoos all over the world. “It was the first time I have visited Dudley Continue reading DZG’s French Connection

Tapirs’ skins stays baby soft

Staff are making sure Brazilian tapirs’ skin stays supple with a twice weekly massage using baby oil. Keepers in the South American ungulates paddock apply the oil to males Chico and Ronnie, and females Meena and Tallulah – the family’s baby at just five-months old – to ensure their skin doesn’t become too dry. Assistant Continue reading Tapirs’ skins stays baby soft

Zoo keeper's proposal

Dudley Zoo keeper, Adam Walker, swore colleagues to secrecy when he planned his proposal to girlfriend Caroline Parsons. Adam, who works with big cats and ungulates, made a huge banner bearing the words Will You Marry Me? and asked Assistant Curator Richard Brown and fellow keeper Sarah Evans to help him wrap it around the Continue reading Zoo keeper’s proposal

Pingu's the grand-daddy!

Hi everyone, Pingu here, the oldest penguin at DZG.  You’ll never believe it. . . I’ve become a great, great, great, great, great, grandfather! The youngster arrived last month and is doing well. He’s very cute, but too small to go swimming right now.  I was the first parent-reared Humboldt penguin at Dudley, and that was Continue reading Pingu’s the grand-daddy!

DZG welcomes Chinese teachers

Chinese teachers on a month-long cultural visit to the Midlands met their favourite species during a bespoke Creature Feature at DZG. Members of the 14-strong group from the Da Lian region of China took in the special experience at DZG’s Go Wild! Theatre, led by zoo presenter Beckie Iwahashi. Head of Media and Communications Jill Continue reading DZG welcomes Chinese teachers

DZG's green birthday gift

DZG has handed over more than a hundred plants to mark the 20th anniversary of a programme to save an endangered species of moth. Our green birthday gift will be planted at Butterfly Conservation sites where Barberry carpet moths (Pareulype berberata) are thriving and also at newly-founded moth zones. The Barberry plants, on which the Continue reading DZG’s green birthday gift

Meet the baby

Here’s a rare shot of a young Parma wallaby, taken by DZG photographer Dan Graves. After a pregnancy of just 35 days, the female gives birth to a tiny baby which crawls into a special pouch and latches on to a teat where it grows and develops for about eight months.  The wild population, in New South Continue reading Meet the baby