We’ve discovered our Head Gardener, Carl Stevens, has hidden talents… He may spend his days making our 40-acre site look blooming lovely, but by night he becomes a kickboxing champ! The 53 year-old has just secured his 4th Dan black belt in Lau Gar freestyle kickboxing, after committing to 2,400 hours of training at Dudley’s … Continue reading Hidden talents!
We’re saying a huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported our Australia Day efforts and helped us forward a fabulous £5,000 for the bushfire wildlife victims. Through on-site Aussie-themed fundraising games and activities, online donations, sales of nectar pots for our Australian-native rainbow lorikeets and half of all the day’s admission, plus a staff coffee … Continue reading A fabulous £5K!
We’re very excited to announce the birth of a female Sulawesi crested macaque – a critically endangered species. Fourteen-year-old Jasmine gave birth to the little girl a week ago and both mum and baby are doing well, with keepers now thinking of a name for the zoo’s newest resident. Dad is eight-year-old, Tambo – a … Continue reading Baby macaque birth
When the zoo’s veterinary team needed somewhere dark to aid ultra scan procedures for our female sea lions, our clever keepers got to work designing the Ultra Pod! The wooden pod features a boxed area for the vet to get into, while keepers can position the sea lion on a platform at the side, with … Continue reading Keepers design Ultra Pod
There’s a real chill in the air these days, but we’ve got a variety of species on site who love the cold weather. Many of these animals are specially adapted to cope with the freezing temperatures in their natural habitats around the globe. And winter’s a great time at the zoo to come and see … Continue reading Cold loving animals!
A little bird’s told us Senior Keeper Kriss Pearson has been awarded our Employee of the Month! The bird keeper, who this month marks his 10th year working at DZC, was awarded a certificate and gift vouchers and commended by the management team for his work helping the Media and Marketing Department. Marketing Manager Andrea … Continue reading Congrats Kriss!
We’re celebrating the best yearly visitor figures for three decades, with 311,303 people flocking through the turnstiles in 2019. Our relaunched walkthrough Lemur Wood, home to 23 free-roaming lemurs, as well as the arrival of new species, including a Linne’s two-toed sloth, Arctic foxes and leaf-cutter ants all helped draw the crowds during the last … Continue reading What a year!
Calling all aspiring artists! We’re hoping your talents can transform some of our vivariums in the Discovery Centre. Education staff have 11 plain wooden vivs, of various sizes, to display the zoo’s many Discovery Time artefacts, which they’d like jazzing up with a colourful backdrop to represent the following different categories: · British Wildlife · … Continue reading Decorate our vivs!
We’ve pledged to give away another £12,000 to three worthwhile in-situ animal conservation projects this year and who gets the most money is down to you! Visitors who add the voluntary 10 per cent Gift Aid donation to their entrance fee throughout 2020 will be given a token to vote between cotton top tamarins, Asian … Continue reading Who wins? You decide!
There was only one way zoo member Rita Nicholls could mark her tenth year adopting Bornean orangutan, Jorong – by arranging a meet and greet with her favourite boy. And Rita always tries to visit our alpha male, who turned 25 last week, around his birthday. Rita, from Willenhall, said: “Jorong is such a character … Continue reading A milestone encounter!