It’s the last few hours of 2017 and DZG’s 80th anniversary year. A huge Thank You to everyone who has supported us throughout the last 12 months and helped us celebrate the zoo’s past, present and future. Zoo Director Derek Grove, said: “DZG has seen so many changes over the last eight decades and we … Continue reading 80th year draws to a close
We’re delving back in to the DZG archive again today and look back to the early 1970’s when three Dudley Zoo keepers spent three months in the Falkland Islands to bring back 90 gentoo and rockhopper penguins and 12 elephant seals. The staff had to spend a few weeks on the island as they waited for the boat … Continue reading Throwback Thursday
We’re having another peek into the zoo archives and this month we’re recalling some of the famous faces who have visited DZG over the last 80 years. How many do you recognise? 1937 : HRH the Duke of Kent was a regular visitor during the zoo’s early years. 1937: Indian child film star, Sabu, who … Continue reading Throwback Thursday
We’ve had a fang-tastic start to our Freak Week, plus another first in our 80th anniversary year following the birth of five Jamaican boas. The babies were born to parents Bob and Marley in the Reptile House. Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, said: “In the wild the parents don’t live with the babies and would leave … Continue reading Jamaican boa births
We’ve got a great game to keep youngsters entertained during half term, while they also learn about some of the rarest animals in the world, as we launch DZG Top Trumps! Priced just £4.99 from the Safari Shop, the popular game features 29 colourful cards comparing favourite animals from across our bird, primate, big cat … Continue reading Play with DZG animals!
School’s back, so why not enjoy a quiet cuppa in one of our DZG 80th anniversary mugs…just like our newest office recruits, Receptionist Claire Phillpotts and Accounts Administrator Assistant Stephanie Williams. The mugs, available from the Safari Shop are priced £5.99 for the colourful winner of our children’s competition which we ran earlier this year, … Continue reading Cuppa time
We’re continuing our look back at DZG life as part of our 80th anniversary celebrations and this month we’re showcasing our miniature railway! The £2,000 Dudley Zoo Railway opened in June 1938 and travelled one mile through wooded land from the Bear Ravine to the zoo entrance. The two original two-ton steam engines, named Lady … Continue reading Throwback Thursday
The farm’s female guinea pigs have their very own castle hideout, thanks to the talents of a group of crafty Dudley pensioners. We’ve once again joined forces with the Senior Citizens Enterprise Woodwork Group, based at nearby Meadow Road Youth Centre, who have constructed the large castle for our new farm barn and the guinea … Continue reading Castle hideout!
We’ve opened our new farm barn, the latest project to complete in our anniversary £295,000 revamp programme. The heated and covered exhibit has taken three months to build and allows visitors to get even closer to a variety of small animals, including pygmy hedgehogs, millipedes, African Giant land snail and a European mantis. Zoo Manager … Continue reading New farm barn opens!