Boa loves girly soak in bath

Like most females, Columbia the Brazilian rainbow boa wants to keep her skin looking radiant – and she does it by soaking in the bath most of the day. Columbia is very much in demand for Creature Features – informative educational talks with live animal demonstrations – and she likes to appear with her iridescent Continue reading Boa loves girly soak in bath

All sold out!

All tickets for our Hallowe’en Family Hocus Pocus have now sold out. Have a great night everyone – hope it’s not too scary!! The event includes a disco, ghost walk and ghoulish games, plus a range of creepy crawlies to meet including spiders, snakes, cockroaches. Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said:?”There’s lots of Continue reading All sold out!

Pumpkin treats aplenty

Lemurs have been enjoying Hallowe’en treats, thanks to kind supporters who donated pumpkins aplenty. CEO?Peter Suddock, said:?”Lots of people who attended Hallowe’en events throughout half term brought in pumpkins as enrichment for the animals, and most sections from small primates to pandas have been enjoying the gifts.” Across the site keepers have been filling the Continue reading Pumpkin treats aplenty

Delight at £4.5m investment

Staff are celebrating the announcement of a £4.5million investment into Castle Hill from West Midlands European Regional Development Fund. The five-year project will create a new access and shared arrival area for visitors to DZG, Black Country Living Museum and Dudley Canal Trust. A dedicated £1.2million for DZG will upgrade roads across the 40-acre site, Continue reading Delight at £4.5m investment

Leaves lead to enrichment

Falling autumn leaves are providing seasonal fun for some of our exotic species. Babirusas love to root for tubers and bugs to eat, and enjoy turning the leaves to mulch. It gives them an opportunity to forage and so provides environmental enrichment, allowing them to express their natural instincts. Asiatic short-clawed otters are curious and playful Continue reading Leaves lead to enrichment

John donates artwork

Smethwick artist, John?Fairbrother, was so inspired by a visit to Lemur Wood that he set up his easel, painted his favourite small primate – and donated the artwork to DZG. John, who works in a photo processing lab at Asda’s Cape Hill branch, has enjoyed art since an early age, but took a break from his hobby when he Continue reading John donates artwork

Giant toads join Hallowe'en fun

Three giant toads have arrived just in time for Hallowe’en events. The smooth-sided toads (Bufo guttatus) – among the largest toads in the world – are settling in at the Discovery Centre and proving very popular with young visitors. The new arrivals have been named Porthos, Athos and Aramis. CAPTION: One of three newly-arrived giant Continue reading Giant toads join Hallowe’en fun

Veggie treats for small primates

SMALL primates enjoyed a veggie feast of parsnips, swede, sweetcorn and broccoli, thanks to kind-hearted supporter, Mrs Sue Pall of Streetly, near Birmingham. Mrs Pall phoned up to find out what they liked and brought along a tray of their favourite goodies. Thank you, Mrs Pall!

Winter food is a tall order

Ungulates keepers are collecting fallen leaves from ash and sycamore trees across the 40-acre site to use as winter feed for giraffes. The vegetation will be stored in airtight drums to make sure our three Rothschild giraffes – 12-year-old Kubwa and females Josie aged seven and Mia, three – remain well fed throughout the colder Continue reading Winter food is a tall order