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

Chicks boost colony

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

Dotto delights DZG visitors

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